There is plenty of optimism in England with fans eager to see what Gareth Southgate can achieve with his young, talented, and promising Three Lions squad. The likes of Phil Foden, Harry Kane, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish have all had magnificent seasons and it looks as if the English are genuinely heading into the summer with justified belief they can win.
Southgate’s men begin their Euro campaign against the team that brought their 2018 World Cup dreams to an end in the semi-finals: Croatia. Zlatko Dalić’s side are somewhat ageing and aren’t quite the team they were three years ago, slipping from fourth to 14th in the world rankings since 2018. After Croatia, it’s a fierce tie against Scotland as two home nations collide at Wembley. The two British nations haven’t met since the World Cup qualifiers way back in 2017, with Harry Kane snatching an extremely late equaliser to make it 2-2.
There are plenty of Premier League quality players in the Scotland side such as Scott McTominay, Andy Robertson and John McGinn, but you would feel England should be the better side in what will be very much a Premier League-esque battle. England’s final group game is again at Wembley and against Czech Republic, who they thrashed 5-1 in the 2019 qualifiers before a disappointing defeat seven months later.
England should beat all three and progress into the knockout rounds with ease and odds are 13/8 to win all three group games.