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England, France & Germany: Meet The Leading Contenders To Be Crowned EURO 24 Champions This Summer

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With the EURO 24 play-off semi-finals coming to a close on Tuesday night, all of the attention will now fall on Germany and this summer’s European Championships.

Watching the action get underway on Friday, June 14th as host nation Germany will open proceedings against Scotland in Munich, 24 teams from across the continent will all be looking to make their own piece of history.

Ahead of what looks set to be a stacked summer of action from across Germany, we have taken a look at who the bookmakers have installed as their standout contenders.

England – 3/1 BetUS

With England eventually forced to settle for a World Cup quarter-final finish out in Qatar 15 months ago, it was no secret that Gareth Southgate found a huge amount of scrutiny over his position.

However, although the FA might have made it clear that they are standing by their man, this summer’s European Championships appears to be the Three Lions’ best chance to get their hands on a first piece of international silverware since 1966.

Breezing their way to EURO 24 and collecting 20 points from their eight qualifying appearances last year, many neutrals have installed England as a standout contender in Germany.

Nevertheless, while Southgate might have some of Europe’s most iconic attacking stars at his disposal this summer, they failed to find much crucial momentum during March’s international break.

Showing some extended issues at the back and recording just a single competitive clean sheet since a 7-0 romp against North Macedonia on June 19th, England will have plenty of pressure on their shoulders this summer.

France – 10/3 Olympusbet

Suffering major World Cup final heartbreak at the hands of South American icons Argentina in December 2022, many were wondering how France would respond from such public heartbreak in the Middle East.

However, despite missing out on the chance to become back-to-back world champions, Didier Deschamps put pen to paper on a new deal back in January and the French Football Federation have made it clear that they want the 55-year-old to lead Les Bleus’ new era.

Collecting 22 points from their eight qualifying appearances last year and breezing their way to top spot in Group B, France have their sights firmly set on making more international history this summer.

With attacking icon Kylian Mbappe continuing to shine this season and set to complete a blockbuster move to Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid, France have constantly demonstrated what they can do on the major tournament stage.

Opening their EURO 24 adventure on June 17th when they meet Austria in Dusseldorf, it will be no surprise that Deschamps’ superstar squad are tipped as a standout contender to get their hands on a third European crown.

Germany – 6/1 Dachbet

Suffering a real World Cup nightmare in the Middle East 15 months ago as they failed to punch a knockout stage ticket, Germany will know the importance of making an immediate response on the major tournament stage.

However, although the European giants might have initially struggled to find their feet when appointing Julian Nagelsmann back in September, this summer’s host nation have come roaring back in an eye-catching fashion.

Making a pair of heavyweight statements during March’s international break as they secured respective victories against France and the Netherlands, Germany do appear to be hitting top gear at a crucial time.

Watching midfield veteran Toni Kroos make a return to the international arena and with budding stars that include Bayern Munich ace Jamal Musiala, the former RB Leipzig boss could be smelling the chance of springing an upset on home soil this summer.

Sharing Group A alongside the trio of Switzerland, Hungary and Scotland, Germany the Nationalelf could be starting to fancying their status as a potential dark horse in front of their own supporters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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