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One more day is left until the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy and the main question in the football world is, obviously, will England win Euro 2020?
The answer is yes, judging by the England Euro odds. However, bookies can get it wrong as well, so we’ve decided to take a look at 10 reasons why England can win Euro 2020. Let’s check them out:
- 1 Reason No. 1 – England Is Hosting the Final Game
- 2 Reason No.2 – England’s Great Depth
- 3 Reason No.3 – World-Class Strikers
- 4 Reason No.4 – Strong and Resilient Defence
- 5 Reason No.5 – Dangerous Wingers and Reliable Midfielders
- 6 Reason No.6 – Nothing Beats Team Spirit
- 7 Reason No.7 – Good Penalty Takers
- 8 Reason No.8 – Gareth Southgate
- 9 Reason No.9 – The Perfect Balance of Youth and Experience
- 10 Reason No.10 – It Is Time for Football to Come Home
Reason No. 1 – England Is Hosting the Final Game
One of the main reasons why England can win Euro 2020 is Wembley. Many times we’ve witnessed the hosts lifting major football trophies and the only major trophy that the Three Lions have won before is the 1966 World Cup, played in England.
The final game of that World Cup was played at the old Wembley, while this final will be played at the new Wembley. So, it looks like it’s time for history to repeat itself.
Reason No.2 – England’s Great Depth
We’ve seen some great England teams in the past, led by the biggest football names in the world. However, we’ve rarely seen an England team that had a lot of depth, which is exactly why this squad is different.
With the exception of a few players, there are no guaranteed spots in the first team of this England squad. After all, England’s boss Gareth Southgate used 21 of the 26 players in his squad so far, with only Aaron Ramsdale, Sam Johnstone, Conor Coady, Ben Chilwell, and Ben White failing to register an appearance.
Reason No.3 – World-Class Strikers
With Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling as the two main weapons up front, it’s clear that England has a lot of firepower. After all, Harry Kane has been one of the top scorers in the Premier League for a while now, while Sterling has the advantage of being able to play as a winger as well.
In any case, England’s offensive prowess is the reason why the team has scored 10 goals in the tournament so far, which is the fourth-best result in the Euro 2020. More importantly, England scored 8 of those 10 goals in the knockout stages, which indicates that they are in great scoring form.
Reason No.4 – Strong and Resilient Defence
Even before the tournament started, many experts and bookies had England Euro odds in high esteem due to their high-quality defence. In addition to great centre-backs like Maguire and Stones, England also has great full-backs in Shaw and Walker, as well as amazing backups.
But we can’t forget the work done by defensive midfielders either. Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have done a perfect job in the tournament, which is why England conceded the first goal in the semi-final against Denmark – which came from a direct free-kick.
Reason No.5 – Dangerous Wingers and Reliable Midfielders
With many options on the wings, this England team has a lot of different paths of attack. While Sterling and Sancho will mainly play as wingers, other options like Rashford, Saka, and Greenwood are good enough to cover for them.
Even the central midfielders like Rice and Phillips contribute to the offensive schemes of the team, despite the fact that their main job is to prevent the opposition’s attacks in the early stages.
Reason No.6 – Nothing Beats Team Spirit
We’ve said that the answer to the question of who will win Euro 2021 doesn’t rely on who has the best team on paper, but who has the best chemistry. Neither Italy nor England were the top choices as the obvious winners of the tournament, but they’ve come far thanks to their amazing team chemistry.
This is the main difference between this England team and some previous squads that failed to reach later stages of big competitions since we’ve heard many stories of inter-club rivalries creeping into the relationships between players and affecting the team spirit.
Reason No.7 – Good Penalty Takers
We probably don’t have to remind you of the many instances in which England’s national teams have ended up being eliminated after penalty shootouts. It’s a painful and long-standing history at major tournaments.
However, this England team has a lot of great penalty shooters, especially Kane, Sterling, and Rashford. And they’ve already shown this in 2018 against Colombia. So, if the push comes to shove and the final ends up getting decided on penalties, England’s fans can finally have some confidence in the team.
Reason No.8 – Gareth Southgate
While the success of this England team can be attributed to many different factors, it’s fair to single out the team’s manager as the main reason for the renewed faith in the national team after many disappointments in the past.
Since Gareth Southgate took over as the manager, England already reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and now they are in their first-ever Euro final in the history of the national team.
Reason No.9 – The Perfect Balance of Youth and Experience
So many times we’ve heard that a team’s success often relies on the balance between youth and experience that it’s become something of a football cliché.
However, this was proven true once again on the example of this England team that has a lot of young players like Saka, Sancho, Greenwood, and others, which are supported by a few more experienced leaders like Henderson, Sterling, and Kane.
Reason No.10 – It Is Time for Football to Come Home
So, can England win Euro 2020? Yes, they can and it’s high time for the nation that gave football to the world to claim a victory in a major tournament once again.
It’s disappointing that England only has one World Cup title and that they’ve never won a European Cup before. This seems like a perfect opportunity to change the fact and for the football to come home once again, at Wembley, in front of thousands of England fans.