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Euros: England's potential route to the final

Hopes are high that England's men's side can go all the way at this summer's Euros and emulate the 'Boys of '66' by winning a major tournament and ending the nation's 58 years of hurt.

After the Lionesses' triumph in 2022, their male counterparts are the 10/3 favourites for glory, priced ahead of France, available at 7/2 and hosts Germany, who are 6/1

The traders have the Three Lions at the top of the market and, on paper, their status as the second-ranked team in the tournament behind Les Bleus means they should be contenders.

However, the depth of talent across Europe's international sides means there are chances for slip-ups, including in the group stages.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate's side's unhappy knack of falling short when it matters against the other big guns means that, even if they do their bit in the opening round, a complicated draw could still work out unfavourably.

It could be the last chance for Southgate to win a trophy with his country, check out the latest next England manager odds market here.

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A potentially awkward pool

The Three Lions have been drawn in Group C against talented yet hardly insurmountable opponents in Serbia, Denmark and Slovenia.

Their opening match in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday 16th June marks a first-ever fixture against Serbia following the Balkan nation's independence in 2006.

The Eagles are often picked out as dark horses ahead of every tournament they qualify for but usually fail to deliver - picking up a solitary point from their three games at World Cup 2022 - and England are 8/15 to overcome Dragan Stojkovic's team.

Southgate's side then face Denmark in what has become the 'tricky middle fixture', having recorded 0-0 draws against Scotland at the last Euros and then the USA in Qatar.

On paper, the Danes are England's most formidable pool opponents. The pair last met in the semi-finals three years ago, a match the hosts won in extra time at Wembley and 2/1 is the price for England to finish first and De Rod-Hvide second in the group forecast betting.

Another stalemate in Frankfurt on 20th June could set up a tricky closing match against Slovenia in Cologne five days later.

However, with three teams progressing, England should get through, although their position in the group will prove vital.

Top spot key

If England win their pool, which they are 2/5 to accomplish, it will be back to Gelsenkirchen to take on the third-placed side in one of Groups D, E or F on 30th June.

On current world rankings, that could be Austria, Romania or Turkey, but using that same metric, life could be very awkward if they only qualify second.

Germany might be their opponents on 29th June, as was the case at the same stage in the last Euros, with Scotland, Hungary, and Switzerland the other possibilities.

If they finish third in Group C and qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams, they will face the winner of either Group E or F.

Azzurri rematch?

If they make it through and, again, based on world rankings, England could face Italy in the quarter-finals on 6th July, giving them a chance to exact revenge on the side that beat them on penalties in the last final at Wembley.

The Three Lions are just 1/6 to reach the quarter-finals and if football were played on A4, this is when the tournament will start in earnest, but they should have confidence, having beaten the Azzurri home and away in qualifying.

Alternatively, Harry Kane and co could face Italy's Group B rivals, three-time winners Spain or Croatia in the last eight on 5th July or another opponent to be determined by the draw, should they have to do things the hard way after finishing third in Group C.

England must avoid the Bleus in silverware pursuit

For all the permutations, the signs point to another revenge mission against France in the semi-finals on 10th July, with the winner heading on to the final in Berlin to face, potentially, Spain.

Les Bleus beat England in the last eight in Qatar before defeating Morocco and losing the final to Argentina. 

Another side the Albiceleste got the better of, the Netherlands, are an alternative last four opponent and if so, it could be England against France in the final on 14th July.

The Three Lions are just 8/15 to qualify for the last four and 11/8 to reach another final.

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