Euro Squad 2024: A Look at the Major Contenders

Euro Squad 2024: A Look at the Major Contenders

The Euro 2024 is set to kickstart at the Allianz Arena when host nation Germany takes on Scotland in the inaugural game of the competition on June 14. Out of all 24 teams participating in the tournament, one will emerge as the deserving winners of Euro 2024.

Plenty of players are desperately trying to break into the first-team squad and the final 26-man squad has to be named by June 7th, 2024. So let’s look at the Euro Squad 2024 and the favorites for this competition.

Euro Squad 2024: Which teams are expected to win the competition?

England Euro 2024 Squad

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England Euro 2024 Squad (Getty Images)

The Three Lions are favourites to win the Euro 2024 this year even though they are without any major international trophies. Despite being one of the powerhouses in international football, England have struggled to win titles and were the runners-up of Euro 2020. The current crop of English players are undoubtedly some of the world-class players in Europe, with Jude Bellingham being one of the players to look out for in this competition after his stellar start in his debut campaign with Real Madrid. Then we have Harry Kane and Declan Rice who have brilliantly performed for their respective new clubs this campaign. Gareth Southgate’s men will be facing Serbia, Denmark and Slovenia in the group stage.

England Euro 2024 Squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, James Trafford

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire, Levi Colwill, Ben Chilwell

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Gallagher, Declan Rice, Eberechi Eze, Jude Bellingham, James Maddison, Kobbie Mainoo

Forwards: Harry Kane, Ivan Toney, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Marcus Rashford, Ollie Watkins

France Euro 2024 Squad

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France Euro 2024 Squad (Getty Images)

Didier Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal going into the Euro 2024 with France. They have not been crowned European Champions since 2000 and have a relatively young squad compared to other nations. Kylian Mbappe whose set to join Real Madrid in the summer will no doubt be France’s most important player in Germany. The Les Blues arguably have a stronger squad compared to Qatar 2022. Their pedigree on the international stage cannot be pushed aside as they have already proved their mettle by winning the 2018 World Cup.

France Euro 2024 Squad

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Mike Maignan, Brice Samba

Defenders: Ibrahima Konate, William Saliba, Jules Kounde, Dayot Upamecano, Jonathan Clauss, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, Adrien Rabiot, Warren Zaire-Emery, Youssouf Fofana, Aurelien Tchouameni

Forwards: Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Randal Kolo Muani, Marcus Thuram, Moussa Diaby

Germany Euro 2024 Squad

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Germany Euro 2024 Squad (Getty Images)

Toni Kroos of Real Madrid made his return to the international team after revoking his decision to retire from international football in 2021. The host nation are aiming to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time since 1996. Germany under the leadership of Julian Nagelsmann will be under immense pressure to win the Euro 2024 on home soil even though they are not the strongest side in the competition.  Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Jamal Musiala, and Leroy Sane are some of the players to watch out in Euro 2024.

Germany Euro 2024 Squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Oliver Baumann

Defenders: Antonio Rudiger,  Jonathan Tah, David Raum, Benjamin Henrichs, Robin Koch, Waldemar Anton, Jan-Niklas Beste, Maximilian Mittlestadt

Midfielders: Joshua Kimmich, Florian Wirtz, Ilkay Gundogan, Pascal Gross, Toni Kroos, Jamal Musiala, Chris Fuhrich

Forwards: Niclas Fullkrug, Thomas Muller, Kai Havertz, Maximilian Beier, Deniz Undav

Spain England Euro 2024 Squad

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Spain Euro 2024 Squad (Getty Images)

With Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba leaving the national team setup, the golden generation of Spanish football has officially passed. Luis de la Fuente’s team have some of the youngest talent in their ranks – with the likes of Barcelona duo Pedri and Lamine Yamal complimented by team captain Rodri. Their biggest loss would be Barcelona midfielder Gavi who tore his ACL back in November and will miss out on the Euros this year. Without a shadow of a doubt, Spain believes there are countries equipped with better players than them at the moment. La Roja won the UEFA Nations League last summer and also won back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Spain Euro 2024 Squad

Goalkeepers: Alex Remiro, David Raya, Unai Simon

Defenders: Aymeric Laporte,  Robin Le Normand, Jose Gaya, Pedro Porro, Alex Grimaldo, Dani Carvajal, Dani Vivian, Jesus Navas 

Midfielders: Oihan Sancet, Mikel Merino, Fabian Ruiz, Alex Baena, Rodri, Martin Zubimendi

Forwards: Alvaro Morata, Nico Williams, Dani Olmo, Lamine Yamal, Mikel Oyarzabal, Joselu, Gerard Moreno, Pablo Sarabia

Portugal Euro 2024 Squad

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Portugal Euro 2024 Squad (Getty Images)

The Selecao would be motivated to showcase a better showing in Germany after crashing out of the latter stages in the last two major international competitions. They are one of the underrated teams in Euros with manager Robert Martinez hoping to win a major tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo, in what could be his last-ever international tournament.

Portugal Euro 2024 Squad

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Jose Sa, Diogo Costa

Defenders: Nelson Semedo, Antonio Silva, Ruben Dias, Toti, Pepe, Goncalo Inacio, Diogo Dalot, Joao Mario, Diogo Leite

Midfielders: Joao Palhinha, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio, Ruben Neves, Vitinha, Matheus Nunes, Joao Neves, Bernardo Silva

Forwards: Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix, Bruma, Rafael Leao, Francisco Trincao, Francisco Conceicao, Cristiano Ronaldo

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