Euro 2020 Group D preview: England, Scotland, Croatia, Czech Republic – fixtures, squad, schedule, predictions
The Three Lions will need to get off to a good start against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia at Wembley, and will also face some tricky matches against Scotland and the Czech Republic before they can start thinking about the round of 16.
Preview of Euro 2020 Group D
Euro 2020 calendar: against Croatia in London on June 13; against Scotland in London on June 18; against the Czech Republic in London on June 22
Qualification: Group A winner
Euro 2016 result: round of 16
Best result: Third place (1968)
Coach: Gareth Southgate (England)
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold *, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielder : Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice
Forward: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
Key player: Harry Kane – The 2018 World Cup top scorer Tottenham forward has led the Premier League in goals this season, despite his side finishing in seventh place. He also added an extra edge to his game by showing off his ability to descend deeper and be the link man in attacks.
Euro 2020 calendar: against England in London on June 13; against the Czech Republic in Glasgow on June 18; against Scotland in Glasgow, on June 22
Qualification: Group E winner
Euro 2016 result: round of 16
Best result: Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Simon Sluga
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Borna Barisic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Juranovic, Domagoj Bradaric, Mile Skoric, Josko Gvardiol
Midfielder : Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Luka Ivanusec
Forward: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Ante Rebic, Josip Brekalo, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir
Key player: Luka Modric – The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, who led the team to the 2018 World Cup final, is still key to the Croatian game. He controls the midfield with his passing and vision. If left alone, he can dictate the whole game.
Euro 2020 calendar: against the Czech Republic in Glasgow on June 14; against England in London on June 18; against Croatia in Glasgow, on June 22
Qualification: Winner of lane C of the playoffs
Euro 2016 result: was not qualified
Best result: Group stage (1992, 1996)
Coach: Steve Clarke (Scotland)
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon, David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin
Defenders: Nathan Patterson, Stephen O’Donnell, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Greg Taylor, Liam Cooper, Grant Hanley, Declan Gallagher, Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry
Midfielder : Billy Gilmour, Callum McGregor, Scott McTominay, Stuart Armstrong, John McGinn, John Fleck, David Turnbull
Forward: Che Adams, James Forrest, Ryan Christie, Ryan Fraser, Lyndon Dykes, Kevin Nisbet
Key player: Andy Robertson – The Liverpool defender is expected to play as a left-winger in the Scotland national team, making him an offensive threat. His experience against the best players in the world will also make him a leader in a team that has not played in a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.
Euro 2020 calendar: against Scotland in Glasgow on June 14; against Croatia in Glasgow on June 18; against England in London on June 22
Qualification: Group A finalist
Euro 2016 result: Group stage
Best result: Champion (1976, in Czechoslovakia)
Coach: Jaroslav Silhavy (Czech Republic)
Goalkeepers: Tomas Vaclik, Jiri Pavlenka, Alès Mandous
Defenders: Jan Boril, Jakub Brabec, Vladimir Coufal, Ondrej Celustka, Pavel Kaderabek, Tomas Kalas, Ales Mateju, David Zima
Midfielder : Antonin Barak, Vladimir Darida, Adam Hlozek, Tomas Holes, Jakub Jankto, Alex Kral, Lukas Masopust, Jakub Pesek, Tomas Soucek, Petr Sevcik, Michal Sadilek
Forward: Michael Krmencik, Tomas Pekhart, Patrik Schick, Matej Vydra
Key player: Tomas Soucek – Soucek is a great defensive midfielder known to be a consistent scorer at club level, first at Slavia Prague and for a year and a half at West Ham in the Premier League. So far this season he has scored 14 goals for his club and his country and has proved dangerous not only in the air – he is 1.92 meters tall – but also with the ball in his feet.
Additional reports by AP.