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England at Euro 2016: Best and worst case outcomes

| 19.11.2015

Matt Haynes | November 18, 2015

So, we now know who England could draw in Euro 2016 with each team now seeded in pots, we can speculate on how the Three Lions group might look like and their chances of progressing.

Best case scenario

After winning every game in qualifying, England, 12/1 with Coral to win Euro 2016, shouldn’t really be afraid of anyone. However, there are a number of teams in pot two who can cause problems for Roy Hodgson’s men, though Austria stand out as the easiest.

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Moving onto pot three, Hungary, who surprised Norway in the play-offs to progress shouldn’t offer much resistance, though Slovakia and Romania are unlikely to cause England many problems either.

Pot four, includes Iceland and Albania as, on paper at least the weakest teams and it would round off what would be an eyebrow raising group, where England would definitely have the easiest chance of progressing out of all the top seeds.

Worst case scenario

The one for England to avoid from pot two, is definitely Italy, after the Three Lions lost 2-1 to the Azzurri at the World Cup in the group stage. Also, Russia and Switzerland may prove a tricky test, while Croatia and Ukraine have also caused problems for England before.

Pot three, meanwhile, contains many wildcards who England would have to be careful of. The two which stand out in particular are Sweden with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Poland with Robert Lewandowski, with both prolific players capable of proving the difference.

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However, the last pot also has a number of tricky teams, including fellow British Isles sides Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; while Turkey also represent a tough test.

Following England’s performance in the 2-0 win over France though, in which the Three Lions played good football, Hodgson will be confident on their day, England can beat anyone if they play with confidence.


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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.