Euro 2020: Big Guns Well Placed To Qualify

By Three Lions
Last updated : 17 September 2019

All of Europe's leading nations are set to be at next year's Euro 2020 Finals, unsurprising perhaps given that a little under half of those countries in the qualifying tournament will make it through but with plenty of the big guns already flexing their muscles and staking a claim for favouritism come the main event.

Holders Portugal added the Nations League to their trophy haul in the summer, have brought through some fine young players and still have that man at their disposal, seemingly ageless and with a hat-trick against Lithuania last week that took his international goals tally to 93. 

World Cup winners France may have had a slight Russia 2018 hangover at times over the past year but have five wins out of six in Group H and the knowledge of how to win a major tournament amongst a group of players, many of whom may not yet be at their peak.

Spain have had plenty of managerial changes since Julen Lopetegui was sacked just prior to the World Cup, Luis Enrique then stepping down in June for family reasons, assistant Robert Moreno taking charge.

It has done little to harm the Spanish on the pitch, however, and they have cruised through qualifying to date with a maximum haul of 18 points.

That tally is matched by a resurgent Italy side, led by Roberto Mancini, and perhaps now reaping the benefits of a top domestic division that is slowly regaining its stature and standing in the world game.

Belgium too have six wins from six, Roberto Martinez's team of formidable attacking talents having scored 19 times to date.

And never write off the Germans, despite further grumblings at home about Joachim Low following a dismal World Cup, relegation from the Nations League and a recent defeat by the Netherlands in Euro qualifying.

They moved to the top of Group C with a win in Northern Ireland last week.

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