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England ‘one of the favourites’ for Euro 2020 – Modric

Gareth Southgate - England, Luka Modric - Croatia & Real Madrid
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Gareth Southgate’s men kick off their Euro campaign by taking on the team that knocked them out of the World Cup three years ago.

England are “one of the favourites” for Euro 2020 owing to the wealth of talent in their team, according to Luka Modric.

A third-place finish dating all the way back to 1968 in the inaugural edition of the competition wherein only four teams participated marks England’s best performance in the European Championships till date.

The Three Lions have struggled to deliver up to the expectations at the international stage since then, although they did manage to reach the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Expectations are once again high as they go into this summer’s tournament as one of the strongest teams boasting a good mix of exciting young players and well-established ones like Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“For me, they are better than they were three years ago. No doubt,” said Modric ahead of Croatia‘s opening Euro 2020 match against England, as per talkSPORT.

“The main threats? To say one player is difficult because they have so many great players, talented players, young players that are hungry for the success and will be very dangerous at this Euros. For me, they are one of the favourites.

“Especially as they are playing at home and it’s a good part for them. Advantage? It’s not a huge one but it is as there will not be away fans.

“That’s why I think they are certainly one of the favourites.”