By News Team
Last Updated: 1st July 2021
It’s been a long old 55 years since England’s last major tournament win – but could this be the year they finally bring home the trophy?
That’s the task assigned to Gareth Southgate, who, after guiding the nation to the World Cup semi-finals three years ago, will be hoping to go a couple of steps further this time around.
Southgate is helped by having a wealth of attacking options, the strength of which England have not seen for some time. So, could this be the year? As England fans know all too well, the hope is always there. History would suggest they will come close but miss out once again.
Ahead of this year’s European Championship, we’ve taken a look at all you need to know about the Three Lions – from the England squad announcement, to their upcoming fixtures, to the latest and best odds for England.
Who’s in the confirmed line up for England’s 2021 squad?
After having a number of tough decisions to make, Southgate has named his 26-man England Euros squad. After all the talk of including four right-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold soon withdrew from injury, to be replaced by Brighton’s Ben White. Here are all the players making up the England team.
Who do England play next at the Euros?
As for the England Euro fixtures, the Three Lions were drawn alongside Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic in Group D. They opened their campaign against Croatia with a 1-0 win, before facing rivals Scotland in a 0-0 draw. They then followed that up with another 1-0 victory against Czech Republic to top Group D. Despite topping Group D, rivals Germany awaited in the last 16, with England producing a brilliant display to win 2-0. Next up is Ukraine on Saturday in the quarter-finals.
What are the odds that England win the Euros?
As mentioned, England have an exciting crop of players, meaning they started as the second favourites at 5/1. With France now out, however, the Three Lions are favourites to go all the way at 2/1. Harry Kane was the 6/1 favourite to win the Golden Boot at the tournament, but after a slow start he is now 25/1 to land the prize. After his first goal of the competition against Germany, will he press on and finish the Euros strongly?
What’s the latest news on the England football team?
Injuries have played a key role so far for Southgate’s squad already. Alexander-Arnold was ruled out of the tournament through injury, while a number of key players, including Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson, were struggling to reach full fitness due to previous injuries. Maguire and Henderson, however, look to be back to full fitness now, while Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have both rejoined the squad.