FRANCE – IAN MCLEISH
In every major international tournament, there’s one group which is pinpointed by the media as the dreaded ‘Group of Death’ and when it comes to Euro 2020, that honour undoubtedly falls to Group F, where heavyweights Germany and France (winners of the last two World Cups, remember) are pitted against Portugal (reigning Euros champions) and Hungary. If Paul Pogba’s France can safely navigate their way out of that trap, they could be the team to beat in the tournament. With Pogba, they have a player with first-hand experience in bossing a major tournament and he’ll be one of a number of Les Bleus desperate to erase the memory of losing the 2016 final to Portugal. N’Golo Kante starred in the last major football final and will have that Champions League triumph spurring him on to even greater heights, while Kylian Mbappe is ready to show the continent what he can do on one of the biggest stages of all.
The rest of the squad is littered with talent and experience, which, with a fair wind and luck on their side, could propel them all the way to the final at Wembley on 11 July. It’s just unfortunate for Didier Deschamps and co that it may be where they come up against a resurgent, unstoppable Scotland, with player of the tournament Scott McTominay capping a glorious month by scoring a late winner under that famous arch. Good luck Scotty and come on Scotland!