England odds: To win Euro 2020, how far will they go, top scorer and more
After the heartbreak of the 2018 World Cup, England will be looking to end 55 years of hurt at Euro 2020 this summer.
There were dreams of football coming home again almost three years ago as England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, before eventually losing to Croatia and finishing fourth.
The Three Lions bounced back and, after also reaching the Uefa Nations League semi-final in 2019, set their sights on qualifying for Euro 2020 knowing the final would be at Wembley. It was an almost perfect run through the qualifying group with England finishing top, winning seven of their eight games against Czech Republic, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Montenegro. The sole dampener was a defeat to the Czech Republic, ruining the perfect record.
Excitement is building for England ahead of this summer’s tournament, with the Three Lions among the favourites to win. But just how well can they do?
It may be strange considering England haven’t won a tournament since the 1966 World Cup and haven’t even reached a final, but there is optimism surrounding the England camp thanks to the run in Russia. Gareth Southgate brought a lot of belief back to England fans and showed that with a good run of fixtures, and set-piece mastery, they can go further than the first knockout round. But England will be wary of the dark horses, with the humiliation of a Euro 2016 exit to Iceland still felt keenly ive years on..
England’s potential path to Euro 2020 final
As winners of their qualifying group, England were placed into Pot 1 for the Euro 2020 draw and immediately put into Group D in order to play predominantly at Wembley. Joining them in Group D are World Cup villains Croatia, qualifying conquerors Czech Republic and old rivals Scotland, the latter securing their spot through the play-offs.
England kick off their Euro 2020 group stage against Croatia, before games against Scotland and the Czech Republic, all of which will take place at Wembley.
England Euro 2020 group stage fixtures
13 June 2021: England vs Croatia (2pm)
18 June 2021: England vs Scotland (8pm)
22 June 2021: Czech Republic vs England (8pm)
If England win Group D
If England were to win Group D, this would be their route through to the final.
Last 16: The second-placed side from Group F (Hungary, Portugal, France or Germany) in London on June 29.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Last-16 match 8, which is played between the winner of Group E (Spain favourites) and the third-place team in A, B, C or D.
Semi-finals:Likely the winner of Group C (The Netherlands expected) or the runners-up from Group A/B (likely contenders are Turkey, Wales, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia).
If England qualify from Group D
If England don’t win Group D, and merely qualify as they are 1/50 to do with Sky Bet, it could become a lot more complicated.
Last 16: The second-placed Group E side, which could be any of Spain, Sweden, Poland and Slovakia in Copenhagen on June 28th.
Quarter Finals: The winner of Last-16 match 6, which is played between the winner of Group F (which includes Portugal, Germany and France) and the third place in A, B or C, likely contenders for which are Wales, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, Ukraine and Austria.
Semi-finals: The winner of that Quarter Final will play the winner of Quarter Final Match 1, which could include the winner of Group A or Group B (expected to be Italy and Belgium, respectively).
If England finish third in their group and do enough to be ranked among the top third-placed teams, they would play the winner of Group E and then join the path they’d take if they won Group E (talk about over-complicating things!)
England Golden Boot odds
Having won the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot, it may be no surprise to see Harry Kane is favourite to win the accolade again at Euro 2020. The Tottenham striker is 6/1 with BetVictor to become the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot at the European Championships since Alan Shearer at Euro 96, coincidentally the last time the competition was held in England.