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Euro 2020 Power Rankings: Are England now the favourites?

8:00 AM EDT 6/30/21
Raheem Sterling England Euro 2020 GFX
With the quarter-final line-up now set, Goal breaks down which teams look most likely to contest the final on July 11

The Euro 2020 quarter-finals are on the way, but who will lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium on July 11? 

Goal ranks all eight remaining contenders ahead of Friday and Saturday's games, from least likely to lift the trophy to tournament favourites...

  • Switzerland celebrate penalty win over France, Euro 2020

    #8 Switzerland | Last time: 15th

    Switzerland may have dumped tournament favourites France out during the last 16, but their path towards the final and potentially winning the whole competition still looks ridiculously daunting.

    They must face free-scoring Spain in the quarter-finals without their inspirational captain Granit Xhaka, who is suspended, and even if they see off La Roja, they will then need to beat either Belgium or Italy to reach the final.

    Nothing can be ruled out over the final week of Euro 2020 but, right now, Vladimir Petkovic's side are huge underdogs.

  • Artem Dovbyk Ukraine Euro 2020

    #7 Ukraine | Last time: 13th

    Arguably the weakest team left in the competition, Ukraine will have to pick themselves up and dust themselves off after what was a bruising, 120-minute-long victory over Sweden in the last 16.

    They now face the prospect of having to break down England in the quarter-finals, and though a potential semi-final against either Denmark or Czech Republic looks easier on paper, they are undoubtedly the team with the least talent left on their side of the draw.

  • Schick Czech Republic Euro 2020

    #6 Czech Republic | Last time: 12th

    There is no doubt that Czech Republic are a growing force in European football, and their victory over Netherlands in the last 16 confirmed what many have been saying about their increasing strength heading into the tournament.

    A quarter-final meeting with Denmark would have delighted them heading into the tournament, and with Patrik Schick looking like Cristiano Ronaldo's main challenger for the Golden Boot, they will fancy their chances of progressing once more.

    They might be unfancied ahead of their clash in Baku, but the Czechs cannot be ruled out.

  • Martin Braithwaite Wales vs Denmark Euro 2020

    #5 Denmark | Last time: 9th

    Whether you believe in the power of momentum or not, there is no question that this Denmark side is riding some sort of wave as they continue to lift themselves following the trauma of their opening game of the tournament.

    The swatting aside of Wales was arguably the most complete performance of the last 16, and they now find themselves in a position where they are favourites to reach the semi-finals.

    In terms of quality, they are lacking compared to the four teams above them in these rankings, but there is no doubting their character and togetherness, and that could still carry them all the way to the final.

  • Thorgan Hazard Belgium Portugal Euro 2020

    #4 Belgium | Last time: 4th

    If Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are fit to play the rest of the tournament, then consider Belgium as the best team left (though they would probably still be second in these rankings given their potential path to the final).

    But if the injuries picked up by their star attacking midfielders against Portugal are as bad as they seemed at first sight in Seville, then the Red Devils' chances could be about to go up in smoke.

    In Romelu Lukaku they still have the best No.9 in the tournament, while Thibaut Courtois is one of the world's finest goalkeepers, but in between they are lacking creativity without De Bruyne and Hazard.

    As such, the quarter-finals could be as far as they go.

  • Chiesa Italy celebrating Austria Euro

    #3 Italy | Last time: 2nd

    It might have been their most underwhelming performance of the tournament, and their long run without conceding a goal might be over, but Italy showed great resolve to eliminate a spirited Austria side in the last 16.

    The depth of Roberto Mancini's side was perfectly illustrated by substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina netting the goals to secure their passage into the last eight, and they continue to collectively play as if they have been together week in, week out for years before the tournament.

    Knowing they will have to beat Belgium and potentially Spain just to reach the final is certainly intimidating, and a step up from what they have faced in the competition so far, but the Azzurri still look a decent bet to lift the trophy on July 11.

  • Spain celebrate vs Croatia Euro 2020

    #2 Spain | Last time: 8th

    Ten goals in the space of two games means that the cork on the cava bottle that is this Spain team has certainly popped, with La Roja having gone from being imputent in front of goal to being the most feared attacking team left in the competition.

    Despite some of their issues in defence that were highlighted in their dramatic 5-3 win over Croatia, they should have enough to get past Switzerland in the quarter-finals, setting up a potential shootout with either Belgium or Italy in the final four.

    But if Luis Enrique's side can maintain the momentum they are now building up, no team will want to face them in the latter stages.

  • Raheem Sterling England Euro 2020

    #1 England | Last time: 3rd

    England have not played the most exciting or dynamic football of the tournament, nor do they have the best team on paper of those sides left, but after their win over Germany, there is no doubt that the competition has opened right up for the Three Lions.

    Though they will have to leave the home comforts of Wembley behind for their quarter-final meeting with Ukraine in Rome, Gareth Southgate's pragmatic but effective side will be heavy favourites to win on Saturday.

    If they do, England know they will have home advantage and a 65,000-strong crowd roaring them on during a potential semi-final against either Denmark or Czech Republic, and the same again if they were to reach their first ever Euros final.

    It is still too early to suggest that football is definitely 'coming home', but things do look promising for England as we enter the final stages of Euro 2020.