Full guide to every single team in Euro 2020

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Group A

TURKEY

Odds to win 66-1

Who is the coach?

Senol Gunes. Turkey’s most successful manager, who took them to third place at the 2002 World Cup and the quarters at the Euros two years later, began his second spell in 2019. The 69-year-old former Turkey goalkeeper and captain led Besiktas to back-to-back titles before returning to the helm.

Who is the star player?

Burak Yilmaz. Veteran striker and captain has enjoyed a remarkable Indian summer to his career as Lille’s leading scorer in their unlikely Ligue 1 title-winning campaign. Plays on the shoulder of the right centre-back, deploying his pace and the timing of his runs as a Linekeresque penalty-box predator.

How do they play?

Gunes has switched to 4-1-4-1 for the World Cup qualifiers with Okay Yokuslu in the holding role and Yilmaz as a lone striker. It allows the sublimely gifted Hakan Calhanoglu to create from the left, where his lack of pace can be mitigated, giving Gunes’ typically solid team of grafters a touch of flair.

If they were an English team they would be... Luton Town. Golden days in the sun, now on the up again after decline.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Juventus would drive a hard bargain for Merih Demiral but the centre-half has the bite and composure to thrive in a top-four side.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? ‘Saldır, Türkiye’ - more a chant than a song, simply ‘Attack! Turkey!’ repeat ad infinitum/ad nauseam.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Bosnia and Herzegovina

And who gets nul points? France

Best line from national anthem: Please smile upon my heroic nation, why that anger, why that rage?

Best Pointless stat: 74 per cent of the world’s hazelnuts are grown in Turkey.

Chances of victory in four words: Better than you think.

ITALY

Odds to win 11-1

Who is the coach?

Roberto Mancini. Won a hat-trick of titles as Inter head coach and the Premier League and FA Cup at Manchester City before losing his job in 2014. Azzurri manager since 2018 after a season at Zenit, he remains the stylish, wealthy, uncompromising and calculating political animal of his City days.

Who is the star player?

Lorenzo Insigne. Wide play-maker rather than a winger who operates at his best from the left, cutting in on his right. While comparisons with the similarly diminutive Lionel Messi are a stretch, Napoli fans recognise Gianfranco Zola’s inventiveness and wonderful touch in their captain’s dazzling feet.

How do they play?

Mancini’s Italy have won 12 of their 13 Euro and World Cup qualifying matches using a fluid 4-3-3 system with the dynamic Nicolo Barella and Marco Verratti alongside a Pirloesque pivot. They rely heavily on their veteran centre-backs and the incisiveness of Ciro Immobile or Andrea Bellotti flanked by inverted wide attackers..

If they were an English team they would be... Everton. Aristocrats of the game with a glorious past and too many recent mis-steps.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Italians are not currently in vogue in England but the range of passing of Manuel Locatelli, Sassuolo’s deep-lying playmaker, would embellish any side.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? ‘Campioni del Mundo (Po, po, po)’ - a hangover from 2006 and sung to the tune of Seven Nation Army.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Albania

And who gets nul points? Turkey

Best line from national anthem: Scipio’s helmet, she has placed on her head.

Best Pointless stat: 482 - years it took for Dante’s Divine Comedy to be translated into English.

Chances of victory in four words: Good if forwards flourish.

WALES

Odds to win 100-1

Who is the coach?

Rob Page. Former Port Vale and Northampton manager and Wales assistant has been in the caretaker role since November when Ryan Giggs was arrested and later charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour. Page led Wales to four victories and a draw in his first six games.

Who is the star player?

Gareth Bale. Returned to peak sharpness in the spring after 18 months looking like a ghost of himself just in time for the tournament. Captain and talisman, in full flight there are few more thrilling sights in world football and, as in 2016, he and his beloved Wales can inspire each other to rattle the best sides.

How do they play?

Page has employed 3-4-3 since taking over, abandoning the 4-2-3-1 used by Giggs but with the presence of the usually unavailable Aaron Ramsey he may need to rebalance midfield. Harry Wilson, ostensibly a winger, will be used as a false nine to rotate positions with Bale and Dan James, keeping Kieffer Moore as an impact sub.

If they were an English team they would be... Wigan Athletic. Better known for rugby but still enjoyed a magical football journey.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? David Brooks stayed loyal to Bournemouth but after their play-off failure, the goalscoring wide forward is bound to end up in one of many admirers’ arms.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Don’t Take me Home

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Patagonia

And who gets nul points? England

Best line from national anthem: O land of the mountains, the bard's paradise

Best Pointless stat: 2,000 - population of St David’s, the world’s smallest cathedral city.

Chances of victory in four words: All on Bale’s shoulders.

SWITZERLAND

Odds to win 66-1

Who is the coach?

Vladimir Petkovic. The former Young Boys and Lazio manager was appointed in 2014 and has led the Swiss through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. Born in Sarajevo, the staunch Catholic is treasured by officials and players alike for his warmth, rectitude and meticulous approach.

Who is the star player?

Xherdan Shaqiri. Lightly raced in his last two seasons at Liverpool, but his creativity on the right, the rapid one-twos and bustling dribbling as he steps in off the wing, his ability to whip vicious, inswinging centres with his left foot and general set-piece delivery elevate Switzerland from the workmanlike to the occasionally wondrous.

How do they play?

Switched from a flat back-four after Russia 2018 to a back three with two holding midfielders and the full-backs pushed high when in possession. Shaqiri, since his recovery from injury, enjoys a freer, central role behind two strikers but this recent formation seems too gung-ho for tournament football.

If they were an English team they would be... Crystal Palace, somehow always with us, masters of bland adequacy.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Dortmund’s quick, two-footed central defender Manuel Akanji has long been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? ‘Oh Embolo, oh Embolo’ sung to the ‘aweemaway’ part of The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Austria

And who gets nul points? UK

Best line from national anthem: When the Alps glow bright with splendour.

Best Pointless stat: Only two countries in the world have square flags: Switzerland and Vatican City.

Chances of victory in four words: Slim, far too functional.

Group B

DENMARK

Odds to win 33-1

Who is the coach?

Kasper Hjulmand. Has made a vibrant start after succeeding the veteran, arch-pragmatist Age Hareide last summer. Turned to coaching in 1998 following a knee injury at the age of 26 and made his name in two spells at Nordsjaelland, where he won their first title, either side of a chastening 24 games as Mainz manager.

Who is the star player?

Christian Eriksen. After a difficult start at Inter, he became an integral part of the title-winning team in the second half of the season, sacrificing some of the vision and flair Tottenham fans treasured for the box-to-box industry Antonio Conte favours. Still a magnificent player with abundant goalscoring and creative threat.

How do they play?

With far more attacking gusto and high-pressing than in the past. Will play 4-2-3-1, using the attacking midfield three of Poulsen-Eriksen-Braithwaite to push teams on to the back foot while Delaney and Hojbjerg suffocate opposition attacks. Jonas Wind has done well at centre-forward but is very raw.

If they were an English team they would be... Leicester City. Stumbled after a miracle triumph with a Schmeichel in goal but now back on course.

Who will emerge as a Premier League transfer target? Quick, elusive baby-faced winger Mikkel Damsgaard has had a brilliant debut season at Sampdoria and is equally adept on either flank.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? ‘Vi er rode, vi er hvide’ - We are red, we are white ...

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Iceland

And who gets nul points? Switzerland

Best line from national anthem: With spreading, shady beech trees.

Best Pointless stat: You are never more than 50km from the sea in Denmark.

Chances of victory in four words: Anything’s possible after 1992.

FINLAND

Odds to win 250-1

Who is the coach?

Markku Kanerva. Qualification for the Eagle Owls’ first major tournament after 82 years of trying has earned the bespectacled former teacher and Finland centre-half unqualified national affection. Has spent 17 years in Finnish FA roles including two spells as caretaker before becoming full-time head coach in 2016.

Who is the star player?

Teemu Pukki. The Norwich centre-forward is a prolific scorer, bagging 10 goals in the qualifiers, but he makes explosive interventions rather than being integrally involved in the build-up play. He needs the service to show his class as a finisher and can be too peripheral at times but feed him a scrap and he is lethal.

How do they play?

Traditional 4-4-2 with Glen Kamara and captain Tim Sparv in the midfield engine room in 2018-19 has given way to 3-5-2 for recent World Cup qualifiers with wing-backs pushed on and Robin Lod, more of an attacking midfielder, alongside Pukki but dropping deep. Think Iceland 2016 with a quicker tempo.

If they were an English team they would be... Swindon Town. Improbable visitors to the top table but shows what good coaching can achieve.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Not many but Jere Uronen is a rock solid, workaholic right-back who could do a decent job for a bottom half side

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Taistele Suomi - ‘Fight Finland, fight’

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Sweden

And who gets nul points? Spain

Best line from national anthem: We love our rippling brooks, so bright.

Best Pointless stat: Finns consume a litre of milk per person per day, the highest per capita in the world.

Chances of victory in four words: None but pride aplenty.

BELGIUM

Odds to win 6-1

Who is the coach?

Roberto Martinez. ‘Bobby Brownshoes’, as Everton fans called him, constructed radiant attacking teams at Swansea, Wigan and Everton but the latter two were undone by persistent defensive vulnerability. Took Belgium to third at the 2018 World Cup with the same creative flair. Brilliant at personal PR but also very shrewd.

Who is the star player?

Kevin De Bruyne. Even with a mask on to shield his fractured nose and eye socket the best player in the Premier League has the vision, skill and drive to win this for his country. His whirling movement should find a willing accomplice in Eden Hazard, using the inside-forward channels to pierce opposition defences.

How do they play?

The 3-4-3 of the World Cup has evolved into a 3-4-2-1 which seems risky with Hazard on the left of the midfield four against the quicker sides but it does allow them to use De Bruyne and Dries Mertens as twin 10s behind the ever-rampaging Romelu Lukaku. Defenders’ age is a worry.

If they were an English team they would be... Manchester City. Emerging from their neighbour’s long shadow with a bang.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? A return for Romelu Lukaku to his former club Chelsea from cash-strapped Inter has been rumoured ever since the centre-forward took Serie A by storm.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Eden Hazard, Eden Hazard, Eden, Eden, Eden Hazard.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Netherlands

And who gets nul points? United Kingdom.

Best line from national anthem: For King, for freedom and for law

Best Pointless stat: Belgium spent 589 days without a government in 2010-11, the longest of any democracy.

Chances of victory in four words: Main threat to France.

RUSSIA

Odds to win 66-1

Who is the coach?

Stanislav Cherchesov. The Vicente del Bosque lookalike overcame public pessimism to take the hosts to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals demolishing perceptions that the former Russia goalkeeper was a better player than manager. Following a peripatetic career, he was appointed after winning the Polish Double with Legia Warsaw in 2016.

Who is the star player?

Aleksandr Golovin. Endured a torrid start to his Monaco career after his £27million move in 2018 but was inspired last season after returning from injury, playing in an attacking midfield role where his goalscoring threat has caught up with his creative skill. Can play on either wing but at his best in his Russia role at 10.

How do they play?

The durable 4-2-3-1 that served them so well at the World Cup with Artem Dzyuba up front on his own remains the default but it means Aleksei Miranchuk and Golovin cannot both start. They have lost each of the three competitive games in which they experimented with a back three because they are exposed out wide.

If they were an English team they would be... Nottingham Forest. Conquered Europe in style in the past before a long, baffling decline punctured by brief revivals.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Too many have failed in the past for comfort but Miranchuk proving himself at Atalanta suggests he could settle and succeed.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? The soundtrack of 2018: ‘RO-SI-YA!’

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Georgia

And who gets nul points? Spain

Best line from national anthem: So it was, so it is and it will always be so!

Best Pointless stat: Russia shares a border with 14 countries - the most in the world.

Chances of victory in four words: Meagre without fanatical support.

Group C

HOLLAND

Odds to win 11-1

Who is the coach?

Frank De Boer. Brilliant Ajax, Barcelona and Holland defender struggled since being sacked by Inter after 14 games in 2016 and Crystal Palace manager after five games a year later. Inherited the job following Ronald Koeman’s departure for Barcelona last summer but March’s bad defeat in Turkey ruined an otherwise promising start.

Who is the star player?

Memphis Depay. No longer the fish out of water he was at Old Trafford, craving more tolerant treatment than Louis van Gaal could give. Always a superb dribbler, he has developed into a prolific, all-round forward playing right up against centre-backs, dropping deep or off the left wing.

How do they play?

Koeman’s switch to 4-2-3-1 made them more robust defensively but any ‘heretical’ shift from pure Total Football 4-3-3 always draws criticism. Playing Depay on the left and Luuk de Jong through the middle allows them to pick Gini Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong and De Boer favourite Davy Klaassen in the XI.

If they were an English team they would be… Liverpool. Luminous in the Seventies and Eighties, always competitive but overly-reliant on Virgil van Dijk.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch is a sensational prospect, a tall, mobile and elegant defensive midfielder who at 19 already sets the tempo for the Dutch champions.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Hup Holland Hup.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Turkey

And who gets nul points? Albania

Best line from national anthem: To the king of Spain I've granted a lifelong loyalty.

Best Pointless stat: There are 22 million bicycles in the Netherlands, for a population of 17 million.

Chances of victory in four words: Close but no cigar.

UKRAINE

Odds to win 66-1

Who is the coach?

Andriy Shevchenko. Fifa and AC Milan hall of fame striker who became a Chelsea vanity signing flop. After a failed run for parliament in 2012, Ukraine’s greatest player became national team manager following Euro 2016. Unbeaten in qualifying, including an impressive victory over champions Portugal.

Who is the star player?

Oleksnadr Zinchenko. Manchester City left-back captains his national side, playing in his original position of a left-sided, attacking midfield play-maker or wing-back in the mould of Roberto Carlos or Marcelo, marauding down that flank and cutting inside to play one-twos with Ruslan Malinovskyi.

How do they play?

5-3-2 against the classier sides with Malinovskyi alongside an orthodox striker, a strategy that earned them a 1-1 draw with france in March’s World Cup qualifiers, and 3-4-1-2 against the rest with the Atalanta attacking midfielder behind two forwards and threading passes behind opposition full-backs for his wing-backs to chase.

If they were an English team they would be… Fulham. Well-coached by a former hero but undermined by chronic inability to score more goals.

Who will emerge as a Premier League transfer target? After a 20-goal season for Gent, Roman Yaremchuk, a hybrid centre-forward who likes to drop deep, is on the radar of Wolves and Arsenal.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Putin khuylo! A robust assessment of the Russian premier’s character.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Estonia

And who gets nul points? Ireland

Best line from national anthem: As in springtime melts the snow, so shall melt away the foe

Best Pointless stat: Ukraine has the world’s deepest underground station – Arsenalna in Kyiv (105.5m).

Chances of victory in four words: Last 16 at best.

AUSTRIA

Odds to win 80-1

Who is the coach?

Franco Foda. The former Germany defender had three spells as Sturm Graz manager, winning the Bundesliga in 2011, and a year in his homeland in charge of Kaiserslautern. Appointed in 2018, a couple of bad defeats away from home have dented confidence in him and his 4-2-3-1.

Who is the star player?

David Alaba. A wonderfully versatile player, comfortable at left-back, centre-half, central midfield and even, as Foda has used him, as left-sided playmaker. Leaving Bayern Munich after 13 seasons in Bavaria on a free, the 28-year-old is understood to have signed for spendthrift Real Madrid but he would be one player worth his wages there.

How do they play?

The 4-2-3-1 that served them so well at home in the qualifiers looks flimsy away from home and one reason is Marko Arnautovic’s habitual poor work-rate. Pulling the wide players back into a midfield four and using Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer as a 10 behind Arnautovic gives them a more stable base.

If they were an English team they would be… Huddersfield Town. Big in the Twenties and Thirties with only the occasional renaissance since.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Christoph Baumgartner, a left-footed dribbling wizard whom Manchester United covet, has just signed a new contract at Hoffenheim which could double his price.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Osterreich, Osterreich, Osterreich to the tune of Stars and Stripes Forever

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Italy

And who gets nul points? Spain

Best line from national anthem: Bold if battered, ne'er torn nor tattered.

Best Pointless stat: 270 years – Tiergarten Schönbrunn founded in Vienna in 1752 is the world’s oldest continuously operating zoo.

Chances of victory in four words: Thin – not enough firepower.

NORTH MACEDONIA

Odds to win: 500-1

Who is the coach?

Igor Angelovski. Has been a divisive figure at home and lost first four qualifiers when taking over in 2015 with team ranked 162 by Fifa but bosses kept the faith and he has overseen a tremendous improvement: they’re now ranked 62, with the highlight of course being their magnificent win over Germany in World Cup qualifying.

Who is the star player?

Goran Pandev. The 37-year-old is a creative left-sided forward seen to his best effect as a support striker or false nine. He won the Champions League with Mourinho’s Inter and is the towering figure of Macedonian football. He even founded his own club: Akademija Pandev have earned promotion to the top flight and won the Cup.

How do they play?

Happy to concede possession against the bigger teams, and well suited for hitting on the break due to dangerous attacking full-backs Ezgjan Alioski, of Leeds, on the left and Stefan Ristovski, on the right. They favour a 3-4-1-2 with Eljif Elmas (behind the front two) given licence to drift out to the left and overload with Alioski.

If they were an English team they would be… Wimbledon. Heroic climb up the ranks crowned by a legendary giant killing.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Leeds had a £23m offer for the talented Elmas turned down in the winter; his ideal berth is as an 8 on the left of a midfield three from whence he likes to exploit space out wide. His agent has been moaning that the player is being used out of position at Napoli, so expect a transfer race this summer.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Never North: only Macedonia”. Not one for the ‘keep politics out of sport’ crowd, this one: all very historical and angry.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Croatia

And who gets nul points? Greece

Best line from national anthem: “Do not cry, dear mother Macedonia, Raise your head proudly high”.

Best Pointless stat: Beautiful Ohrid Lake, 980 feet deep in places, is the oldest in Europe.

Chances of victory in four words: Give it to Pandev.

GROUP D

CROATIA

Odds to win: 25-1

Who is the coach?

Zlatko Dalić. No-nonsense coach has been in post since 2017, leading his country to 2018 World Cup final, winning public approval then after sending stroppy striker Nikola Kalinić home for disruption. Results have tailed off though and eyebrows were raised when his contract was extended until 2022.

Who is the star player?

Luka Modric. Age-defying deep-lying play-maker has recently signed a one-year contract extension at Real Madrid. The former Spurs man is all-too familiar to England, and will bring his range of passing, vision, wonderful control in a tight spot, and creativity to bear.

How do they play?

Generally a 4-1-4-1, with a high press up the field (as England found out in the second half of the World Cup semi) that can asphyxiate. Brozovic anchors and Modric dictates. Perisic can be a lethal runner, Petković puts in a shift up front. Weaknesses at full back.

If they were an English team they would be… Southampton. Punch slightly above their weight, play the game the right way.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Josip Brekalo. Lightning quick down the left wing, keeps the ball beautifully under pressure and, at 22, has plenty of upside if he can be prised away from Wolfsburg.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? The Zaprešić Boys are perennial favourites, especially their song ’Igraj moja Hrvatska’, a cheerful racket about children playing football in the street.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Bosnia and Herzegovina

And who gets nul points? United Kingdom

Best line from national anthem: “Danube, do not lose your vigour”.

Best Pointless stat: National legend Davor Suker was once fined 8,000 Euros after he tried to flog some antique coins another passenger left behind on a flight.

Chances of victory in four words: Improvement on 2018 unlikely.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Odds to win: 150-1

Who is the coach?

Manager Jaroslav Šilhavý. The record appearance holder in the Czech league as a player, with 465, and has been in charge since October 2018. A solid citizen, he’s a good coach of set pieces, keeps it simple, reads the game well and reacts as he needs. A pragmatist, not tactically dogmatic.

Who is the star player?

Vladimír Darida. The Hertha Berlin man was key to the Czechs’ impressive win over England in qualifying. Never stops running – holds the Bundesliga record for ground covered in a match – gets his foot in and can hit a mighty long-range shot, as well as being the man through whom everything goes.

How do they play?

They use a 4-2-3-1 with the emphasis on solidity. When they beat England, they pressed high and man-to-man. West Ham’s flying fullback Coufal links up with club mate Soucek to provide overloads on the right. First-choice striker Schick is big and mobile; with Darida driving the team on from the front of the midfield.

If they were an English team they would be… West Ham. Organised, committed, full of fight and power up front – under David Moyes, at least.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Schick has had his injury problems but looks a Premier League type and could slot in with his physicality, hold-up play and aerial threat. Left-footed.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Kdo neskáče, není Čech”, which translates as “he who doesn't jump up, isn't Czech”. Cue universal bouncing up and down.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Azerbaijan

And who gets nul points? Germany

Best line from national anthem: “Water roars across the meadows, Pinewoods rustle among rocks.”

Best Pointless stat: The Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other nation.

Chances of victory in four words: Less than previous tournaments.

ENGLAND

Odds to win: 7-1

Who is the coach?

Gareth Southgate. Co-manager alongside his lovely waistcoat, he facilitated something very special at 2018 by making people warm to the England players. Seems likely he can deliver good vibes again, but the acid test is tactically matching world class teams in tournament knockout fixtures, and the jury is still out on that.

Who is the star player?

Harry Kane. Scored in all eight qualifying games for this, is World Cup golden boot holder, scorer, creator, leader by example. An unbelievable all-round talent, except possibly in his post-match interviews. Distraction by speculation about his club future seems the only possible barrier to another excellent tournament.

How do they play?

Have a battery of attacking midfielders, and quality in the attacking full back roles to overlap, so direct and energetic is the way. Much depends on the fitness of Harry Maguire: if fit, Southgate can play a back four, if not, it’s three centre halves with wing backs. Centre midfield is solid rather than creative.

If they were an English team they would be… Notts County: started the whole thing off, could do with a trophy these days.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Jadon Sancho. Already coveted by all the big boys, and a strong tournament here will surely see Borussia Dortmund a hundred million quid richer by July.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Football’s coming home”. The greatest football record ever made (not a strong division admittedly) and obviously it’s English.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Ireland

And who gets nul points? Sweden (after an Abba row)

Best line from national anthem: “Send her victorious…” would be nice

Best Pointless stat: Iconic English cheese the Blue Stilton must have at least 48 per cent milk fat in its dry matter.

Chances of victory in four words: The lottery of penalties.

SCOTLAND

Odds to win: 200/1

Who is the coach?

Steve Clarke. Players have responded to Clarke’s consistency and clear messaging, and the former Kilmarnock manager has created a united atmosphere. He’s shown in his squad that he’s prepared to back youth, rather than exhuming the likes of Leigh Griffiths. With expectations modest, they could surf on good vibes.

Who is the star player?

Andrew Robertson. The match of any attacking full-back in Europe, lethal delivery, wonderful engine, and the skipper has the medals to prove it. Never seems to have a bad game. Only slight shame for Scotland is that Kieran Tierney (their third best player behind Robertson and John McGinn) plays the same position.

How do they play?

Clarke uses McTominay as a ball-playing RCB and Tierney as his LCB with Robertson at LWB in a 3-4-1-2. A solid-enough centre midfield pair of McGregor and Jack operate behind the more advanced McGinn, with the team pressing high and con brio. Dykes puts it about up front and brings runners in with his hold-up play.

If they were an English team they would be… Leeds United. Had some true greats in the 1970s, now it’s more about collective action.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? David Turnbull. A rare bright spot for Celtic last season, scoring eight and assisting six in the league, and attracting the attention of Aston Villa and others already.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Yes Sir I Can Boogie, after video emerged of Andy Considine’s spectacular drag performance of the disco number at his 2015 Amsterdam stag-do.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Argentina?

And who gets nul points? England, probably.

Best line from national anthem “And sent him homeward tae think again.”:

Best Pointless stat: The Loganair flight from Westray to Papa Westray is the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world, at one and a half minutes.

Chances of victory in four words: Home alongside the postcards.

GROUP E

POLAND

Odds to win: 66-1

Who is the coach?

Paulo Sousa. Only appointed this January, and does not speak Polish. Furthermore, Covid and travel restrictions mean that he has barely spent any time with the players, bar a summit meeting with Lewandowski in a Covid-secure airport. Oh, and it’s his first international job.

Who is the star player?

Robert Lewandowski. Europe’s most consistent top-level striker over the last few seasons is the complete centre forward: pace, power, two-footed, great in the air, and he’s also an intelligent and hard-working player. Only downside is that his pre-eminence for Poland means he can be man-marked.

How do they play?

Poland have used many formations recently, for instance a back three vs England, but 4-2-3-1 may maximise resources. Kamil Glik and Jan Bednarek have a strong understanding at CB, behind defensive midfielders Krychowiak and Moder. Zielinski will operate as the central attacking midfielder behind ace Lewandowski. Szczesny is a major asset in goal.

If they were an English team they would be… Brentford. Not a bad team, but for Lewandowski read Ivan Toney, in that it’s all about the main man up front.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Piotr Zielinski is a creative force for Napoli, used there as a left-sided central midfielder but also capable of playing further up. Has an impressive range of passing and has been a long-term target for Liverpool.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Nic sie nie stalo”, sung to the tune of Guantanamera. Translation? “Nothing has happened.” Employed to gee up/shame the team into action.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Ukraine.

And who gets nul points? Bosnia.

Best line from national anthem “What the foreign force has taken from us, we shall with sabre retrieve”.

Best Pointless stat: The Białowieża Primeval Forest is Europe’s last ancient forest and home to 800 European bison, the continent’s heaviest land animals.

Chances of victory in four words: Over to you, Robert.

SLOVAKIA

Odds to win: 200-1

Who is the coach?

Stefan Tarkovic. Long-term backroom boy and assistant manager. His own playing career was cut short by injury at 24 and he has been a student of the game since. Given the top job on a short contract last year: his predecessor was sacked despite putting the Republic of Ireland of the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off semi, and Tarkovic came in to finish the job – and dump out Northern Ireland.

Who is the star player?

Marek Hamsik. Former Napoli legend is perhaps not the force he once was, and now plays his football (when he’s not injured) for FK Göteborg. But is still only 33, and still possesses a wonderful array of midfield talents. Creative, technically superb, useful from the dead ball, the 126-cap talisman still holds the key.

How do they play?

Tarkovic has only been at the helm for four games and has used a 4-1-4-1, and then a 4-2-3-1 in an eye-catching win over Russia. Defence will likely be the priority, with Milan Škriniar the class act at centre half. Stanislav Lobotka anchors the midfield, allowing Hamsik and Juraj Kucka, more of a box-to-box type, to sally forward with their quality.

If they were an English team they would be… Watford. Tough group means that, like the Hornets next season, all opponents will be marking them as a “must take three points”.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Still only 26, Inter Milan’s Skriniar has plenty of room to develop even further. Physical, mentally tough, bit of a brute: a classic Serie A stopper.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Slovensko!” *clap clap clap* “Slovensko!” *clap clap clap* “Slovensko!” *clap clap clap* etc etc etc *clap clap clap*

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? They don’t enter it.

And who gets nul points? Eurovision as a concept.

Best line from national anthem: “Thunder's lightnings are rousing the land to wake it up.”

Best Pointless stat: Slovakia boasts the world’s largest stalagmite, at 32.7m high, in the Krásnohorská Cave.

Chances of victory in four words: ITAL Nul points UNITAL more likely.

SPAIN

Odds to win: 8-1

Who is the coach?

Luis Enrique. Has shown his self-belief/handed his critics a loaded gun by only naming 24 players, and furthermore leaving out national legend Sergio Ramos. Stubborn, fiery, relaxes by doing Ironmans, unwilling to play the game with the press, may be friendless if results don’t come.

Who is the star player?

Sergio Busquets. You cannot replace Xavi and Iniesta but they still have the third member of that trio from their imperial phase, to dictate terms form the base of midfield in a position that he has made his own, much imitated but never bettered. Metronomic, mentally rock-hard, and a legendary cheat.

How do they play?

The 4-3-3 of their peak years is now more of a 4-1-4-1 with possession and short passing, but with Thiago, Rodri and Koke as well as Busquets, quality in the centre remains exceptional. They still press high, and also laterally, to create asymmetric diamond shapes. Look for overloads down the left with Alba.

If they were an English team they would be… Arsenal: not the force they were, but still attractive to watch if it all clicks.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Mikel Oyarzabal has “left winger” on his passport but likes to drift inside and/or play-make from wide. Has caught the eye at Real Sociedad with his work-rate and technical class.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Yo soy Español, Español, Español”. Sorry, this one simply defies translation. Sometimes paired with “A por ellos!” which means “Go get them!”

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Portugal

And who gets nul points? Albania

Best line from national anthem: Spain: no lyrics! The rascals. So good at football they don’t need them.

Best Pointless stat: Spain is the second largest producer of cars in the EU, behind Germany.

Chances of victory in four words: That, or el P45

SWEDEN

Odds to win: 80-1

Who is the coach?

Janne Andersson. The manager since 2016, with highlights including winning their group at the 2018 World Cup before losing to England in the quarters, and earning promotion to Nations League Group A. Showed his strength of character by leaving Zlatan out of the World Cup because he didn’t fit the team style.

Who is the star player?

Dejan Kulusevski. A technically gifted and tactically intelligent player who moves beautifully with the ball, and has been compared to Kevin de Bruyne. The Juventus 21-year-old has played right wing and, more recently, as a second striker off Ronaldo. Versatile, he himself says that his best position is as a trequartista.

How do they play?

Andersson has been a follower of the Roy Hodgson/Bob Houghton Swedish school: a defensive, well-organised and compact 4-4-2 with an emphasis on denying the opposition and looking to play direct on the break. Kristoffer Olsson and Albin Ekdal are a solid midfield, and there’s tons of experience at the back.

If they were an English team they would be… Fabio Capello’s England: bit outdated, hard to beat, never going to trouble best outfits.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Alexander Isak has hit 17 in 34 for Real Sociedad this season, and the San Sebastián club are resigned to losing him this summer with Man United and Chelsea (Tuchel brought the player to Dortmund earlier in his career) among the suitors.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? England fans at 2018 QF: “you’re s*** but your birds are fit.” Sweden fans: “Go home to your ugly wives”.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Norway

And who gets nul points? UK (after a fight involving Abba)

Best line from national anthem: “Yes, I want to live, I want to die in the North.”

Best Pointless stat: Sweden is still owed £210m by North Korea after defaulted payments on imported Volvos in the 1970s.

Chances of victory in four words: Should progress from group.

GROUP F

FRANCE

Odds to win: 5/1

Who is the coach?

Didier Deschamps. As understated as Didier Deschamps the player, the 'water carrier' is a World Cup winner in both roles and knows how to get the job done even if his football does not excite. Your archetypal tournament coach: experienced, simplistic and a cool head.

Who is the star player?

Kylian Mbappe. Named Young Player of the 2018 World Cup and still only 22, Mbappe has the combination of speed, composure and grace to light up the tournament and make a number of opposition defenders look silly.

How do they play?

More defensively than you might think considering their attacking options. Deschamps favours a fairly vanilla 4-2-3-1 with Pogba in a deeper role alongside Kante, Griezmann supporting Giroud and Mbappe off the left. Quite willing to play on the counter and let their excellent central defenders absorb pressure.

If they were an English team they would be… Chelsea: top class players, scoop up trophies but prone to internecine squabbles and soap opera.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? He may not get many minutes in the tournament, but young Sevilla central defender Jules Kounde will be linked with moves.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Qui ne saute pas n'est pas Français” – a version of the 'stand up, if you...' chant. Rough translation: anyone who isn't jumping isn't French.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Turkey.

And who gets nul points? Macedonia.

Best line from national anthem: "They’re coming right into your arms to cut the throats of your sons, your comrades!"

Best Pointless stat: In November 1906, an England team beat France 15-0 in Paris.

Chances of victory in four words: The team to beat.

GERMANY

Odds to win: 15/2

Who is the coach?

Joachim Low. The World Cup winner will depart after the tournament, to be replaced by Hansi Flick. A 15-year reign will come to a close, during which Low led an exceptional generation of players to the Euro 2008 final, third place at the 2010 World Cup before lifting the trophy in 2014.

Who is the star player?

Leroy Sane. Tough to pick an outstanding individual, but Sane certainly has the profile to be a star despite a few lean, injury-ravaged seasons at club level. Scored three in three starts in qualification for Germany and could line up on the opposite flank to Serge Gnabry who is another worthy contender in this category.

How do they play?

Over the last decade under Low, Germany have become one of the world's most technical and possession-based national teams. However, there were signs at the 2018 World Cup that their possession had become rather lateral and unthreatening and they have been laughably open in defensive transitions and ripe to be counter-attacked.

If they were an English team they would be… Manchester United. Driven by their own sense of historic inevitability but questions remain about their on-pitch identity and manager.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus, 24, has a £34million release clause and could attract interest. Bayern Munich have ruled themselves out.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Apart from signing Three Lions in impeccable English, an assortment of chants to the tune of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army are the go to.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Turkey

And who gets nul points? Belarus

Best line from national anthem: 'Unity and justice and freedom/Are the foundation of happiness'

Best Pointless stat: Germany have lost seven international tournament finals including three in the European Championship.

Chances of victory in four words: Contenders but appear fragile.

HUNGARY

Odds to win: 500-1

Who is the coach?

Marco Rossi. The Italian got Covid the day before the crucial Euros play-off: team went into full “win one for the Gipper” mode and scored twice in last two minutes to beat Iceland 2-1 and qualify. He is a disciple of Marcelo Bielsa (having played under El Loco for Club América in Mexico).

Who is the star player?

Late withdrawal of wondered Dominik Szoboszlai leaves the squad searching for creative quality: they’re already quite a direct team and this means that midfielder László Kleinheisler will be the man to watch getting forward to join the attack, contributing with his excellent engine, shooting ability and long-range threat.

How do they play?

Rossi (and his Italian coaching staff) favour a 3-5-2. Adam Nagy does the heavy lifting at the base of midfield, with Szoboszlai and Filip Holender outside him on the left encouraged to bomb forward. Skipper Adam Szalai, a beefy striker for Mainz, is the main goal threat for the co-hosts.

If they were an English team they would be… Wolves: imperious in the 1950s, not likely to win much these days.

Who will emerge as a Premier League target? Centre-half Attila Szalai, who plays at Fenerbache, is just 23, a big strapping lad who is dominant in the air and is on Leicester’s shopping list to replace Wes Morgan. £23million has been floated.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? Magyar csapat, magyar szív”: long-standing favourite with lines like “Hungarian team, Hungarian heart! The stands are calling again”.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Azerbaijan

And who gets nul points? France.

Best line from national anthem: “In the grape fields of Tokaj, you dripped sweet nectar”.

Best Pointless stat: A Rubik’s Cube, invented by Hungarian Erno Rubik, can be manipulated into 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible combinations. (48 quintillion)

Chances of victory in four words: About Rubik’s to one.

PORTUGAL

Odds to win: 8-1

Who is the coach?

Fernando Santos. Guided Portugal to 2016 Euros and 2019 Nations League triumph. Has a degree in engineering, a thoughtfulness, a hinterland. Said of the 2016 win: “We were as simple as doves and wise as serpents.” Has a three-pipe political problem, and its name is Ronaldo.

Who is the star player?

Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho… but there’s only one Cristiano. The growing suspicion/heresy is that they might be a better, and less predictable, team without him. If CR7 plays, the play has to focus on him, and otherwise dominant players feel they have to give the ball, and deference, to him.

How do they play?

Ruben Dias and Pepe are the heart of a back four. Santos has settled on a 433 with Ronaldo between Jota and Bernardo. With an ageing squad, rotation will be important for the midfield, where Pereira will play as a six, allowing Moutinho to shape play and Bruno to join the attack.

If they were an English team they would be… Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa: stereotyped as a one-man team, but can actually win without Him.

Who will emerge as a Premier League transfer target? Pedro Goncalves never got going at Wolves as a kid, but at 22, has inspired Sporting Lisbon to the League. He’s two-footed, plays across all of the front three positions, and scores a lot. Has a £51.7m buyout clause.

What is the fans’ favourite terrace anthem? “Olé Ronaldo Olé”. Traditionally answered by opposing fans with “Messi! Messi!” obviously.

Who do they give 12 points to at Eurovision? Spain.

And who gets nul points? Poland.

Best line from national anthem: “Heroes of the sea, noble people, Valiant and immortal nation”.

Best Pointless stat: Only Luxembourg has a higher divorce rate in Europe than the maritally challenged Portuguese.

Chances of victory in four words: Tough group, but contenders.

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