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Euro 2020: Assessing The 5 Early Favourites to Win the Tournament

Qualification for the Euro 2020 is well underway with multiple matches taking place over the next two weeks. World champions France are the favourites to win Euro 2020. This would mark the second time they have held both the World Cup and the European Championship simultaneously, having also done so in 2000.

But there are a couple of other teams who will put up a tough fight, and we're here to take a look at the early contenders who are favourites to win the Euro 2020.

5. Belgium

Roberto Martinez and co. were eliminated by eventual winners France at the semi-final stage of the 2018 World Cup. Euro 2020 may be the final opportunity for this set of players to live up to their reputation.

The Red Devils now have several stars on the wrong side of 30, including Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, and Dries Mertens, with Kevin De Bruyne (29) and Eden Hazard (28) not far behind.

A third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup was a positive showing, though they will hope to improve on that come next summer.

4. Spain

Much like Germany, Spain is also a team in transition. La Roja have been a shadow of their dominant former selves who won three consecutive major trophies - two European Championships and one World Cup - from the years 2008 to 2012.

That said, the conveyor belt of talent has given no indication of letting up, and whilst icons such as Andres Iniesta and David Silva have moved on, there is new emerging talent that could make their mark next summer.

“Our plan is still the same, to carry the initiative and not let our rivals dictate the match,” manager Luis Enrique said at the start of the campaign.

3. Germany

No team can brag as reliable a record as Germany in qualifying for the last phases of significant competitions, with the country having made the semi-last stage for six progressive competitions prior to their mortifying stage exit at the 2018 World Cup and frustrating Nations League crusade.

However, the team is in the midst of a transitional period, having seen stalwarts such as Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, and Thomas Muller being replaced with youngsters like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Serge Gnabry.

Die Mannschaft though is designed to prosper in tournaments, and they have some serious pedigree in the Euros which means you can never really write them off.

2. England

England are the new favourites behind France, and Gareth Southgate's men are pumped at the prospect of winning the Euro 2020.

There is a plethora of talent in the England squad including Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, and Southgate’s side have the firepower to make a lasting impression.

The biggest advantage for this England side might be the fact that both the semifinals and the final will be held at Wembley. The idea of triumphing at the “Home of Football,” on the same hallowed turf where the vaunted 1966 team won the World Cup, will be a huge motivator.

1. France

The world champions are rightfully regarded as the favourites to lift the trophy next summer. Captained by Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and spearheaded by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, Les Blues are stronger than they've ever been, with sufficient depth in every position.

However, since claiming World Cup glory though, the French haven't put in perfect displays both in the Nations League as well as their qualifying campaign.

They missed out on a place in the finals in Portugal with the Netherlands claiming their spot and most recently slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Turkey in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

France are favourites to win the Euro 2020, but we're here to take a look at the early contenders who are favourites to win the Euro 2020.