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Group D Preview

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Group D in this year’s Euros is made up of England, Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland. All of these teams will be keen to book their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Gareth Southgate’s England team did well in the previous World Cup. Reaching the Semi-Finals was a step up for England, in terms of recent international achievement. Three years on, English fans will be hoping that the side has matured and is now even better. Southgate is blessed with attacking options, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford. Defensively, England don’t look as strong. Injury doubts surrounding Harry Maguire have caused an issue for Southgate, that he will need to address. 

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Croatia are managed by Zlatko Dalic. His team did very well in World Cup 2018. They reached the finals and were only beaten by a sensational French side. However, their form has been mixed recently. They topped their qualifying group, which was quite competitive and featured Wales, Hungary and Slovakia. However, their away form has been terrible recently. They were the only team to drop points away to Azerbaijan. At 35, Luka Modric is still their key man. A highly gifted playmaker, with an eye for a pass. If he finds form, Croatia could do well.

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Managed by Jaroslav Silhavy, The Czech Republic could be dangerous opponents for anyone in this group. The Czech Republic have qualified for every European Championship since 1996, but will be seeking a definite improvement on their extremely poor performance in the last Euros. There is a good chance of that. They have Tomas Soucek, who was shortlisted for Premier League player of the season and Patrik Schick, who has an eye for goal.

Possibly the underdogs in this group, Scotland manager, Steve Clarke will be managing Scotland at only their third European Championship. A win over England at Wembley would be especially sweet, but Scotland will also have a keen desire to qualify from the Group. This is the most talented group of players that Scotland have produced for a long time. Many of their players play in the Premier League. Aston Villa’s box-to-box midfielder John McGinn seems to be Scotland’s key man.

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