Euro 2020 Preview: Group D – Enemies Old And New For England

Euro 2020 kicks off on Friday with England playing their opening game on Sunday and Scotland following them on Monday.

The historic enemies will face each other on Friday the 18th of June at Wembley in a Group D clash.

England and Scotland will compete to reach the next round of Euro 2020 with the Czech Republic and Croatia.

Below we preview Group D of Euro 2020 including odds, key players, managers and tournament history.


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England are 9/2 to win the tournament and have one of the best squads on paper. However, international tournaments are more of an existential exercise for the English than a sporting one. Their previous best at the Euros was reaching the semifinals in 1968 and 1996. Gareth Southgate has proven himself a good manager. Now, he faces the challenge of getting the best team out there. If he does that, England has a real chance. Especially with Harry Kane, who is the favourite to be top scorer. As well as that, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho can add some genuine stardust to the team.

Scotland are 250/1 in their first international tournament since 1998. How fitting that they should face England in what’s set to be a feisty encounter. Manager Steve Clarke has a real chance to improve on Scotland’s previous Euro best of making the group stages in 1992 and 1996. It’s their best team in a generation with Andrew Robertson, Kieran Tierney, John McGinn, Scott McTominay and Che Adams. 


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The Czech Republic has been at every Euro tournament since 1992. The 1976 winners are 125/1 to win it and face a tough task to qualify from the group. They’ve recently earned promotion to the top tier in the Nations League and in West Ham’s Thomas Soucek, they have a canny Premier League midfielder at the heart of their team.

Speaking of canny midfielders, 30/1 Croatia still have 35 year old Luka Modric in center midfield. The 2018 World Cup finalists have never been further than the quarter finals in the Euros. Once again, they will assume the mantle of Dark Horse. Of particular interest will be the World Cup semi final rematch against England. With their golden generation on the wane, this could be Croatia’s last chance in a major tournament for a while.