24 in 24 – The Euros Line up

Germany and Scotland kick the 2024 Euros off when they meet on June 14th in Munich. In their group, the duo have been paired with Hungary and Switzerland. At first glance, should the Germans perform well in front of their own support, the other three could conceivably finish in any order, so well matched are they. Key players: Jamal Musiala (Germany), John McGinn (Scotland).

Group B
This could turn out to be the ‘group of death’ with three-time winners Spain, defending champions Italy, and Croatia, who have finished runners-up and third in the last two World Cups. Albania complete the group and were impressive in a qualifying campaign that sees them reach their second Euros in eight years. Although this may not be a vintage Spanish squad, they should come out on top. Key players: Rodri (Spain), Luka Modric (Croatia).

Group C
England will be out for payback after losing the last final on penalties and have world-class players brimming with confidence. It looks a pretty straightforward group for Gareth Southgate’s men. Former winners Denmark qualified along with Slovenia in the same group, however both appear to lack real quality. Serbia lost twice to Hungary in qualifying. Key players: Jude Bellingham (England), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia).

Group D
France come into the competition as second-favourites to England, and in Kylian Mbappe, they possess one of the true world greats. Euro 88 winners in Germany, the Netherlands, were in the same group as Les Bleus in qualification, losing 4-0 in Paris and 2-1 at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Poland beat Wales in the playoffs, and Austria are lively outsiders. Key players: Kylian Mbappe (France), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands), Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

Group E
Belgium’s last few tournaments could be deemed disappointments, such has been the fervour surrounding their so-called Golden Generation. They seem to have been handed a kind draw this time around though, with Ukraine, Romania and Slovakia, on paper, at least, not looking vastly threatening, though it never seems to turn out like that. Key players: Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Viktor Tyshankov (Ukraine).

Group F
Although Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer playing in Europe, he is still the record goalscorer in all international football. Turkey won their qualifying group and look likely to follow the Portuguese into the knockout rounds, though Georgia and Czech Republic will have something to say about that. Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Georgia).

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