England are currently the bookie’s favourites going into the Euro 2021 competition. They have one of the best squads out of any of the top teams. Lots of punters are already placing their Euro bet on England to win. Will this finally be the year they lift the trophy, or will England fans be left disappointed once more?
As it stands, England has one of the best chances of winning, although things may change once they get to the tournament. They have a relatively easy group, featuring the Czech Republic, Scotland and Croatia. After Croatia knocked England out of the 2018 World Cup, they want revenge. The match against Scotland should also be fiercely competitive.
In this guide, we’ll look at why England are the favourites including a profile of their top players and their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, the guide will also cover how England performed during their Euro qualifying campaign and what it means for their Euro 2021 chances.
Why England will win Euro 2021
The Euro winner odds currently favour England, with most bookmakers rating their chances of success highly. Of course, it would not be the first time the bookies have been wrong about the chances of success. It shows just how highly rated this team is. England have put their past performances behind them and look to be better than ever. The team has plenty of experienced players alongside exciting youth. Now seems like the perfect time for England to finally win the Euros, and the anticipation is building among England fans. So what are the main reasons why people expect England to win?
The final is at Wembley
Perhaps it’s a little presumptuous to think about the final already, but England will be aiming to reach it. The last time Wembley hosted the Euro Championship final was in 1996. At the time, England reached the semifinal. They were unfortunately knocked out on penalties, with Southgate missing the crucial penalty. This time around, England will be hoping for a better performance. They have only lost twice in their last fifteen games at Wembley.
England’s squad is full of star talent
England’s squad contains some of the world’s best players. While it may not be as star-studded as the so-called Golden Generation, there are plenty of big names who are in great form. Top players include Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, while upcoming players such as Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho have bags of potential.
Their current form looks great
Coming into this tournament, England are in fantastic form. They have had just one loss and four wins in their last five games at the beginning of April. In these five games, they’ve scored eleven goals while only conceding two. This shows that both their defence and attack are in great form. The level of competition at the Euros will be much harder, but England will go into the tournament with a lot of confidence.
England Euro 2021: Key Players
England’s team is full of talent across the defence, midfield and attack. Some of their standout talents include:
Harry Kane is England’s star man, offering a lot of experience and leading the attack. With 34 goals in 53 appearances, Kane is a prolific goalscorer for England. He will be instrumental in their hopes of winning the Euro 2021 competition. At 27 years old, Kane is now at the peak of his career. He will be hoping to lift the trophy and cement himself as one of England’s greatest ever strikers.
Sterling first appeared for England back in 2012 as an 18 year old and has become one of the squad’s biggest goal threats. He has 14 goals in 61 appearances. His best form has come in recent games as Southgate has utilised him as an inside forward, helping to create chances as well as score. Sterling’s main strengths are his dribbling and speed, with excellent ball control and a knack for breaking through defences.
John Stones was initially the world’s second most expensive defender when Manchester City signed him. Although he received criticism early in his career, his abilities and confidence have improved a lot. He provides a lot of composure and passing ability in England’s backline. His style of play is essential for helping England play out from the back, and his tackling and defensive skills are also excellent.
England Euro 2021: Strengths and Weaknesses
England’s main strengths are in their attack. Strikers like Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford are a big problem for opposition defences, especially when players like Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho are supplying them. England offer a lot of pace, particularly in the wide areas and will be a difficult team for any side to handle.
The weaknesses of this England squad mainly lie in their goalkeeper and central midfield. Jordan Pickford is currently England’s number one. However, he has been out of form for his club side. He recently missed England’s World Cup qualifiers due to injury. Nick Pope filled in for Pickford between the posts but looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet.
In central midfield, Henderson would normally be a key player. However, he has missed most of the season and is a doubt for the final Euro squad. Declan Rice has looked good next to Kalvin Phillips in England’s last few games, but we still have to see them perform against a different level of opposition.
How Did England Perform During the Qualifiers?
During the Euro 2020 qualifiers, England topped their group, winning seven games while only losing once. Their group also featured the Czech Republic, who they’ll meet again in June during the Euros. Their only loss came against the Czech Republic, so it will be interesting to see them meet again.
Outside of that loss, England showed few weaknesses and scored 37 goals while only conceding 6. However, while some lessons can be learned from their qualification form, the real test begins once the group stages get underway. Form often goes out of the window in the knockout stages. England must remain focused and keep their key players fit. If they manage this, they have a great opportunity to finally lift the Euros.
England Odds to Win Euro 2021
UK bookies already have a number of markets up for the Euro 2020 competition. Here are the latest odds on England to win Euro 2020:
All odds were correct at time of publication on 26/04/21. Odds are subject to change.