The decision to postpone Euro 2020 for a year is set to have a profound effect on the leading candidates to lift the trophy. England Vs Croatia Tickets can be grabbed from our global event ticket sales market.
For some, it will allow key players to recuperate after injury, while for other nations it will mean veteran stars forced to battle on for another year or the opportunity for youngsters to develop into bona fide international-class players.
It has thrown Europe’s two-year international cycle out of place, and while it is impossible to tell exactly what implications this may hold in around 16 months’ time when the competition begins, here is an analysis of how the leading nations could be altered.
England are perhaps the biggest winners when it comes to the postponement of the tournament.
Gareth Southgate was likely to be left sweating over key attackers Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane, and while there is no guarantee the injury situation he was facing will be any better in a year, it is surely a gamble he would be delighted to take. Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets from our global event ticket sales market.
Jadon Sancho will have had a year further to improve, provided his likely summer transfer does not throw him off his stride. While Declan Rice should have pinned himself down as a regular in the heart of the midfield.
Elsewhere, Dean Henderson may well feature in goal, though that may be dependent on him earning him regular first-team football after a successful loan spell at Sheffield United from Manchester United this season.
One of the world champions’ major assets when they won in Russia two years ago was their versatility and ability to win matches in a variety of different ways.
Didier Deschamps’ side may not have been the most exhilarating and did not realise the full offensive capacity of their individual talent, but the plan was to create a cohesive unit.
With that in mind, the team that plays next summer could be very different from the one anticipated now, in part due to the sheer strength in depth that Les Bleus possess.
Olivier Giroud may be a favourite of Deschamps, but another season on the periphery of things will make it even more difficult for the veteran to hold down a spot, with Wissam Ben Yedder pressing to play.
Should Moussa Dembele leave Lyon for a big club, he could also feature.
In midfield, Matteo Guendouzi, Houssem Aouar will hope to be pushing for the squad while Eduardo Camavinga may also be a wildcard selection by that stage, though Adrien Rabiot’s attitude is unlikely to see him considered.
Several solutions are possible in defence, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and the as-yet uncapped Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City should be considered.
The tournament is likely to come too soon for William Saliba but if Ferland Mendy continues to impose himself at Real Madrid, he has a chance of displacing Lucas Hernandez at left-back.
Standing at the top of the FIFA Ranking are Belgium, a side packed with brilliant talent and one that is expected to make serious inroads into the competition next summer. Indeed, at this point they are the favourites to win the trophy.
Roberto Martinez’s side are likely to feature in the 3-4-3 formation that they have favoured in recent times and, injuries excepting, it is not expected that they will have a significant turnover of players before the tournament begins.
Indeed, with Eden Hazard having struggled to find his feet at Real Madrid this season, Martinez will expect his ace to have come back stronger before next term.
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