There is little doubt that the main competitors for spots in the final of UEFA Euro 2020 from group A will be England and the Czech Republic. And in the first round of selection they will meet among themselves. And according to quotes , the official bookmakers, is virtually guaranteed to win the Wembley masters. But do the Czechs have no chance, at least for a draw?
"Three lions" a long time ago can't win major international trophies. Despite regular participation in the world Cup and Euros. Their most significant achievement in a quarter century, is the third place on the home TH-1996 and fourth at the recent world Cup in Russia.
But now, having such artists as Kane, Rashford, Sancho, Allie, Dyer, Walker, Pickford and others, England have to go to a new level. And the first step to return to the top of world football, the representatives of Foggy Albion have already made – they went to the final stage of the League of Nations, after Spain and Croatia. What's next?
The Czech Republic
"Locomotive" in all respects inferior to its upcoming counterpart. Yes, at the 2004 Euros in Portugal, the Czech Republic reached the semi-finals. Bronze – not bad for a team. But after this and the group stage at the 2006 world Cup that the national team never scored. That is, virtually anywhere. Her subsequent achievement – quarter final of EURO 2012. Yes, and in France for Euro 2016 this team also played. But not beyond the group stage.
What now? A good performance in division B of the League of Nations (second in a trio with Ukraine and Slovakia). What's next? The opportunity to play at the Euros.
Yes, Czech Republic is a strong team. At least by European standards. But the lawmakers of football is stronger for sure. Especially in London. Our forecast – a victory of Anglia. At Wembley, the supposed to be different.