Gareth Southgate, the England national team’s manager, has reached Hamburg, Germany to participate in the UEFA EURO 2024 Final Tournament Draw. This draw has unveiled that England will be placed in Group C, alongside Slovenia, Denmark, and Serbia. Southgate has highlighted the significance of not underestimating their rivals and has firmly requested his team to put forth their utmost dedication and effort.
England is resolute in their mission to eradicate the agonizing memories of their penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium. Their ultimate goal is to secure their first major tournament triumph since the 1966 World Cup. According to Jermaine Jenas, a retired midfielder for Tottenham and the English national team, it would be seen as a disappointment if the Three Lions don’t secure a victory. Jenas is optimistic about England’s prospects and considers them to be among the top contenders in the competition. He pointed out the composed nature of manager Southgate and the trepidation that other teams feel when up against England. Nevertheless, Jenas recognized the mounting pressure on the team due to their near misses in previous tournaments. Since their defeat to France in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, England has maintained an undefeated record. After securing six victories and two draws, they emerged as the leaders of their Euro qualifying group. Jenas, acknowledging the presence of renowned football stars in their squad, believes that Southgate couldn’t have wished for a more favorable situation.
In response to the draw, Southgate stressed the importance of remaining humble and not underestimating their adversaries. Having observed numerous highly ranked teams falter in competitions, he desires his team to approach every match with a renewed perspective.
The tournament will commence with an anticipated thrilling encounter between hosts Germany and Scotland. Ally McCoist, a fellow analyst at TNT Sports, expressed his happiness with Scotland’s draw. Following their match against Germany, Scotland will face Switzerland and Hungary in their quest to advance to the knockout stage, a feat they have never achieved before. McCoist is of the opinion that the draw is advantageous for Scotland, as the pressure will be on Germany being the host nation.
In general, both Jenas and McCoist hold a positive outlook on the prospects of England and Scotland in the tournament. They are confident that both teams have the capability to achieve success and are eagerly looking forward to the tournament’s commencement.