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Racing Post - Euro 2020 - 2021-06-03

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SCOUTING REPORT

EURO 2020 GROUP D

Manager Gareth Southgate The 50-year-old presides over a hugely talented squad but his tactics can be overly defensive and they may get in the way of the Three Lions’ quest for a first major tournament success since 1966. Record P 52 W 32 D 10 L 10 All games Strengths • An abundance of attacking talent including a top-class goalscorer in Harry Kane • A strong bench • Home advantage Weaknesses • Error-prone Jordan Pickford has been unconvincing • Lack of pace at centre-back Prospects Few teams have greater strength in depth, especially in offensive positions, and a maiden European Championship success cannot be ruled out. However, England could be held back by a shaky defence and their manager’s reluctance to go for the jugular. Inside info Scott Minto Former Chelsea defender This is the time for England to win a trophy for the first time since 1966. There are so many attacking options at Gareth Southgate’s disposal that should supply Harry Kane, who is a strong contender for the Golden Boot, and the fact that the tournament is virtually at home should be a massive advantage.

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