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Euro 2024 winners decided as England’s daunting task made even clearer

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Euro 2024 will kick off on Friday when hosts Germany take on Scotland in Munich, and then it’ll end in Berlin exactly one month later when 24 teams will have been whittled down to two to contest the final.

What happens in between all that is up for debate, a big debate, you might say, and so we’ve asked our Mirror Football team who they think are best placed to go all the way this summer, and not many of them are holding out too much hope for England…

John Cross – France

France will win the Euros because they have the best squad and the best player in Kylian Mbappe.

It is always unpredictable in tournament football but they are the best of the obvious contenders from England, Germany and potentially Portugal. But France have winning experience, they have strong players with a manager in Didier Deschamps who knows what it takes to succeed. I also think they will be determined to prove a point after the last Euros and also disappointment in the last World Cup.

Mbappe is just a sensational player. I love watching him and he has the ability to light up this tournament and make it his own.

Often the best tacticians ply their trade in club football, but Julian Nagelsmann finds himself at the helm of his national side. Thinking back to the Euros three years ago. I don’t necessarily think eventual winners Italy were the best team, but they had the best manager and that counts for a lot.

The way Roberto Mancini was able to manipulate games from the dugout was key to them eventually landing the trophy. I think Nagelsmann is by far the best manager at the tournament and, buoyed by Bayer Leverkusen’s domestic success, the Germans may benefit from a lack of household names with expectation, at least outside of Germany, relatively low given their recent struggles.

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