Euro 2024: Manchester United Boss Erik ten Hag Explains Why England Are Favourites to Win Tournament

Euro 2024: Manchester United Boss Erik ten Hag Explains Why England Are Favourites to Win Tournament

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 17, 2024 at 6:50 AM
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  • Erik ten Hag appears to back England to win the 2024 UEFA European Championship in Germany
  • The Manchester United coach believes the Three Lions have the 'best midfield' at the championship
  • Meanwhile, England began their quest for success with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Serbia in Group C

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Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has shared his thoughts on England's chances of winning the 2024 European Championship in Germany.

The Dutchman, who was retained as head coach by the Red Devils despite a disappointing 2023–24 season, is currently a pundit for the Euros in his home country.

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Jude Bellingham celebrates his goal against Serbia with his England teammates in their Group C opener on Sunday, June 16, 2024. Photo by Matt McNulty - UEFA.
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Why England can win Euro 2024

Discussing why he believes the Three Lions should be considered among the favourites for the Henri Delaunay Trophy, the 54-year-old highlighted England's depth and strength across almost every position on the field.

Ten Hag, particularly, laid emphasis on the talent available in midfield, describing it as the 'best' in this summer's competition.

He also pointed out the significant attacking options, including Harry Kane, that bolster their chances.

"England has a fantastic squad; they are favourites for a reason," the former Ajax boss said, as quoted by The EuropeanLad.
The United gaffer added: "They have the best midfield of all the countries in the Euros. They got Harry Kane as their striker. On the wings, they have an incredible amount of quality."

How did England perform in their opening game?

Despite the quality on display, the Three Lions were not at their devastating best in their Group C opener but will be content with the fact that they scooped all three points at stake against Serbia on Sunday, June 16.

A first half header from red-hot Real Madrid player, Jude Bellingham, was more than enough to help England begin their quest for a first-ever European Championship trophy on a winning note, The Guardian reports.

Gary Neville voices concerns about England's chances

While Ten Hag believes England has the potential to go all the way, legendary Manchester United defender Gary Neville has voiced his concerns about their chances, as reported by Sports Brief.

Having played in three Euros and made 11 appearances for the Three Lions, Neville has expressed doubts about Gareth Southgate's squad securing the title this summer.

He pinpointed the defence as a potential weakness, suggesting that vulnerabilities in the back four could be England's Achilles heel in the tournament.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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