The European Championship is finally about to start on 11th June after being postponed last year due to COVID-19. Euro 2020 will see a lot of big teams compete for the European crown.
Defending World Cup winners and runners-up in the last Euro, France are ‘super favourite’ according to FIFA’s chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger. He also thinks the only team which can challenge France is England.
Wenger told Sky Sports: “They [France] are not the favourites, they are the super favourite,”
“Favourite is not big enough, because when you win the World Cup and then you have in your team, (N’Golo) Kante, (Paul) Pogba, (Karim) Benzema, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Kingsley) Coman, (Olivier) Giroud, I forget half of them. (Ousmane) Dembele.”
“You will have on the bench 11 players who would play basically in any other national team.”
“So you cannot refuse the fact that you are world champion and it’s a team which has not peaked.”
“It’s a team that’s still going up, because they’re all young these guys. Apart from two or three, the core of the team is very young.”
“The English team is for me the team who can most threaten France.”
“They have top quality players. They are maybe still a bit young some of them but this season with Mason Mount, (Phil) Foden, they have (Jack) Grealish, Declan Rice and of course Harry Kane up front and some experienced players like (Jordan) Henderson. They can compete with France.”
France has previously won the 1998 World Cup and then Euro 2000. So Wegner thinks they can repeat that feat again.
France are in one of the toughest group in Euro 2020 along with Germany, Hungary and Portugal. They will begin their campaign on June 15 against Germany. England will open their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on June 13.