Group D of UEFA Euro 2020 will kick off in London’s Wembley Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park from 13 to 22 June 2021. The group consists of joint host nation England and Scotland, Czech Republic and Croatia. England with home ground advantage and exciting array of young talents are the hot favourites to progress from the group.
Group (D) – Considered the 2nd Toughest After Group (E) of Euro 2020
Croatia who progress till semi-final stage at last World Cup will be a strong contender for England to top the group. Scotland appearing in their first major tournament since 1998 and Czech Republic who recorded the worst defeat in their history against England will try to spoil the party. Follow the latest live football match today.
- England (Host)
- Czech Republic
Host venues: London, England and Glasgow, Scotland
- Group A record: P8 W7 D0 L1 F37 A6
- Qualifying top scorer: Harry Kane (12)
- UEFA EURO best: third place (1968)
- UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 2-1 to Iceland
- Highlights: England 5-3 Kosovo
Coach: Gareth Southgate
The former Middlesbrough player who took over as England coach in 2016 became only the third manager to reach a World Cup semi-final with England Team which won him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award.
England vs Croatia: Repeat of the 2018 World Cup Semifinal
England top the qualifying group with seven wins and single loss to Czech Republic who are in the same group. They will start as the hot favourites as will play all their group matches at Wembley. Gareth’s Southgate team with plenty of attacking riches such as Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho will cause headache to their rivals defender.
Key player: Harry Kane
The England captain play in Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspur and England national team. Well regarded as one of the best strikers in the world with prolific goal scoring abilities and record. He is England top scorer during qualifying with 12 goals to his name and total registered 32 goals in 51 games for England.
- Group E record: P8 W5 D2 L1 F17 A7
- Qualifying top scorer: Bruno Petković (4)
- UEFA EURO best: quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
- UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 1-0 aet to Portugal
- Highlights: Croatia 3-1 Slovakia
Coach: Zlatko Dalić
Dalic led the team to the 2018 World Cup final since taking over from Ante Cacic in 2017.
Croatia: Strong Contender for England to Win
The 2018 World Cup losing finalist endured a few bumps enroute to the Euros with shocking 2-1 lose to Hungary but eventually recovered to top the group during qualifying stage. Their performance much dependency on their midfielder maestro and captain Luka Modric. Watch all instant replay of exciting soccer highlights here.
Key player: Luka Modrić
The creative playmaker play for Spanish Club Real Madrid and captains the Croatia national team. The greatest Croatian footballer of all time also widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world. The 2018 Ballon D’Or winner became the first player to stop Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo dominance in more than a decade.
- Group I record: P10 W5 D0 L5 F16 A19
- Play-offs: Israel (h) 0-0, 5-3 pens; Serbia (a) 1-1, 5-4 pens
- Qualifying top scorer: John McGinn (7)
- UEFA EURO best: Group stage (1992, 1996)
- UEFA EURO 2016: Did not qualify
Coach: Steve Clarke
After a fruitful tenure at Kilmarnock, the former assistant to Ruud Gullit at Newcastle United took over the Scotland helm in May 2019.
Scotland has Home Advantage
Scotland make it through to the UEFA EURO 2020 by winning the play off match between Serbia by beating them 5-4 on penalties shoot out.
Key player: John McGinn
John McGinn play in Premier League for Aston Villa and Scotland national team. An old—fashioned Scottish midfielder with great ability to tackle and pass, his enthusiasm and tenancity make him a threat when he gets into the opposition box
- Group A record: P8 W5 D0 L3 F13 A11
- Qualifying top scorer: Patrik Schick (4)
- UEFA EURO best: Winners (1976, as Czechoslovakia)
- UEFA EURO 2016: Group stage
- Highlights: Czech Republic 2-1 England
Coach: Jaroslav Šilhavý
The holder of most Czech appearances (465) during his playing times took over the reins in September 2018 and had since improved the mood in the squad by instilling team spirit and good organisation.
CZECH could Complicate Things for the 2nd place Contestants
Czech Republic barely make it into finals after finishing second behind England in qualifying stage. Jaroslav Silhavy replaced the unpopular Karel Jarolim in September 2018 who immediately yield result for them by beating England 2-1 at home.
Key player: Tomáš Souček
The tall defensive midfielder who play for Premier League Club West Ham and Czech Republic national team. The Czech player of the season 2018/19 was voted No 1 by journalist in 2020. His strong physical presence thanks to his 1.92m frame make him as an energetic box to box midfielder with both defensive and attacking qualities.