England are in Group D at Euro 2020, which sees them face the likes of Croatia, the Czech Republic and bitter rivals Scotland.
Gareth Southgate’s side have recent history with all three of these sides, as they beat Croatia in the Nations League in 2018 at Wembley 2-1, via late strikes from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane. Whilst they beat the Czech Republic 5-0 at Wembley in the qualifiers for the Euros in March 2019 but produced a drab display the following October in the reverse fixture and were beaten 2-1 away in Prague.
The last time England played Scotland was in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, where they drew 2-2 at Hampden Park, having fallen 2-1 behind due to two sensational Leigh Griffiths free-kicks in the closing minutes of that match before Harry Kane scored a stoppage-time equaliser. In the home qualifier against Scotland, Southgate’s men comfortably won 3-0 thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.
England haven’t got any excuses for failing to beat any of their group stage opponents, as they have a stronger squad than all three, meaning that the odds of 13/8 for this to happen are more than fair. With the recent developments in terms of quality in the England national team since their semi-final exit at the 2018 World Cup, this is arguably England’s most exciting group of players since ‘The Golden Generation’ of the mid-2000s.