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England will have to do things the hard way if they’re to end 55 years of hurt this summer. The Three Lions head into the European Championship as one of the teams to beat but a tricky path to the final has been set.
Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
We’ve detailed England’s routes to the Euros showpiece which starts with their three group games – although it could be in Gareth Southgate’s best interests to avoid topping Group D…
England vs Croatia
June 13 @ 2pm
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England vs Scotland
June 18 @ 8pm
Czech Republic vs England
June 22 @ 8pm
If England win Group D they’ll progress to a last-16 tie against the runner-up from the Group of Death (France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary).
England vs Group F Runner-Up
June 29 @ 5pm
A second-place finish in Group D would result in a fixture against the Group E runner-up (Spain, Sweden, Poland or Slovakia) – an arguably easier assignment.
England vs Group E Runner-Up
June 28 @ 5pm
There are four spots in the last 16 for the third-placed teams in the group stage with the best records – and three potential paths for England if they were to be a lucky loser.
England vs Group C Winner
June 27 @ 5pm
England vs Group B Winner
June 27 @ 8pm
Estadio de La Cartuja
England vs Group E Winner
June 29 @ 8pm
Right, it gets a bit messier from this point – if the third-placed lucky loser stuff hadn’t already thrown you.
If England win Group D and overcome a potentially nightmarish last-16 tie then unfortunately it’s not set to get any easier with Spain the most likely opponents in the last eight.
England vs Group E Winner or 3rd Group A/B/C/D
July 3 @ 8pm
The apparently easier path by finishing second in Group D pretty much merely delays the inevitable of facing France, Germany or Portugal assuming results go as expected.
England vs Group F Winner or 3rd Group A/B/C
July 2 @ 5pm
If England finish third in Group D and beat the Group B winner in the last 16…
England vs Group A Winner or Group C Runners-Up
July 2 @ 8pm
If England finish third in Group D and beat the Group C winner in the last 16…
England vs Group A Runner-Up or Group B Runner-Up
July 3 @ 5pm
Baku Olympic Stadium
If England finish third in Group D and beat the Group E winner in the last 16…
England vs Group D Winner or Group F Runner-Up
July 3 @ 8pm
The semi-final ties take place at Wembley on Tuesday July 6 and Wednesday July 7 at 8pm. England will be on track for the second semi-final if they top Group D and the first of the last-four matches if they finished second in the group.
If England reach the showpiece on Sunday July 11 at 8pm then they would have the chance to claim their first international trophy in 55 years in front of a home crowd at Wembley. We’re currently offering odds of 5/1 that the Three Lions win the Euros – and you can check out our outright winner market in full by clicking HERE.
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