2018 World Cup semi-finalists Croatia and England headline Euro 2020 Group D. Czech Republic and Scotland, playing in a major competition after a gap of 23 years, are the other two teams in the group. Both England and Croatia have never made it to the final of a European Championship, while the Czechs finished runners-up in the 1996 edition.
England fans would be hoping that their team will go the distance in Euros. The Three Lions won seven of their eight games in the qualifiers and scored 37 goals. Though, the young side couldn’t assert their dominance in the ongoing UEFA Nations League as England finished third in their pool in League A.
A tricky group – Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan – awaited Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. After an uneven start, the Luka Modric-led side went unbeaten in six games and finished top of the table. But Croatia had a disappointing outing in the Nations League, picking up just one win from six games.
A few hard-fought victories steered Czech Republic to second place in Group A of the qualifiers. They got hammered 5-0 by England in their opening game but won five of their remaining seven fixtures. Also, the Czechs emerged winners in their group in League B of the Nations League.
Five back-to-back wins in the qualifiers helped Scotland make a return to Euros after the 1996 edition. A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Russia left them fifth in the points table and four points off the third spot. However, they claimed three wins in a row and made it to the playoffs. Scotland eliminated Israel and Serbia in penalties to seal a Euro 2020 berth.
Croatia and England are likely to battle it out for the top spot in Group D. Gareth Southgate’s men hold the advantage as they won three of their last five meetings against Croatia. Meanwhile, Czech Republic could be hoping to pip Scotland and be among the four best third-placed teams.
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers Stats
Croatia – 17/7
Czech Republic – 13/11
England – 37/6
Scotland – 17/20
Croatia – Bruno Petkovic (4 goals)
Czech Republic – Patrik Schick (4 goals)
England – Harry Kane (12 goals)
Scotland – John McGinn (7 goals)
Euro 2020 Squads
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic, Lovre Kalinic, Simon Sluga
Defenders: Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Barisic, Domagoj Bradaric, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Juranovic, Mile Skoric, Domagoj Vida
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Nikola Vlasic, Mislav Orsic, Mario Pasalic, Luka Ivanusec
Forwards: Josip Brekalo, Ante Budimir, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic, Ante Rebic
Goalkeepers: Tomas Vaclik, Jiri Pavlenka, Ales Mandous
Defenders: Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Kalas, Jan Boril, Jakub Brabec, Ondrej Celustka, Pavel Kaderabek, Tomas Holes, Ales Mateju, David Zima
Midfielders: Tomas Soucek, Antonin Barak, Vladimir Darida, Jakub Jankto, Alex Kral, Lukas Masopust, Jakub Pesek, Michal Sadilek, Petr Sevcik
Forwards: Patrik Schick, Matej Vydra, Adam Hlozek, Michael Krmencik, Tomas Pekhart
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Tyrone Mings
Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka, Kalvin Phillips, Ben White, Jude Bellingham
Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon, David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin
Defenders: Andy Robertson, Liam Cooper, Kieran Tierney, Declan Gallagher, Grant Hanley, Jack Hendry, Scott McKenna, Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Greg Taylor
Midfielders: Scott McTominay, John McGinn, John Fleck, Stuart Armstrong, Billy Gilmour, Ryan Christie, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser, Callum McGregor, David Turnbull
Forwards: Che Adams, Lyndon Dykes, Kevin Nisbet
Group D Fixtures
|June 13||England vs Croatia||6:30 PM|
|June 14||Scotland vs Czech Republic||6:30 PM|
|June 18||Croatia vs Czech Republic||9:30 PM|
|June 19||England vs Scotland||12:30 AM|
|June 23||Czech Republic vs England||12:30 AM|
|June 23||Croatia vs Scotland||12:30 AM|
*IST: Indian Standard Time
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