England looking to end 58-year title drought as they head into EURO 2024

England looking to end 58-year title drought as they head into EURO 2024

The Three Lions' sole major title came in 1966 World Cup final

By Emre Asikci

ISTANBUL (AA) - England will look to put to an end to a 58-year title drought in Germany with more pressure on the team than ever before.

The Three Lions oversaw one of the longest subsequent trophy droughts and their EURO 2020 final against Italy was the first final appearance in a major tournament since claiming the 1966 World Cup title.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, Ajax's Jordan Henderson and Chelsea's Raheem Sterling were not called up by manager Gareth Southgate.

In addition, Jadon Sancho, a Borussia Dortmund forward, was not selected to the Three Lions' initial squad.

England are full of stars such as Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham, Manchester City's Phil Foden and Jack Grealish and Bayern Munich's Harry Kane.

Southgate's men clinched their qualifying group with 20 points, six ahead of Italy, winning six and drawing two of their eight clashes.


England squad for EURO 2024

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)


- Denmark

Denmark won the 1992 championship, having qualified only after Yugoslavia was disqualified as a result of the breakup of the country and the ensuing warfare.

But Yugoslavia, that was in a state of civil war, were not allowed to participate, the Danes were given just a little more than one week's notice to get a squad prepared for the eight-team tournament.

They will seek to win their second European trophy under the helm of Kasper Hjulmand after a fairytale 1992 victory.

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen and striker Rasmus Hojlund will be a vital part of the Danish team along with Andreas Christensen from Barcelona.

The Danish team will make their 10th appearance at the Euros.

Having previously competed as Yugoslavia between 1920 and 1992, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia between 1992 and 2003, and Serbia and Montenegro between 2003 and 2006, the Serbs will look to build on 2024 success in the Championship since their latest arrival at the tournament in 2000.


Denmark's EURO 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Mads Hermansen (Leicester), Frederik Rønnow (Union Berlin), Kasper Schmeichel (Anderlecht)

Defenders: Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace), Alexander Bah (Benfica), Andreas Christensen (Barcelona), Mathias Jørgensen (Brentford), Simon Kjær (AC Milan), Rasmus Kristensen (Roma), Victor Kristiansen (Bologna), Joakim Mæhle (Wolfsburg), Jannik Vestergaard (Leicester)

Midfielders: Jacob Bruun Larsen (Burnley), Thomas Delaney (Anderlecht), Anders Dreyer (Anderlecht), Christian Eriksen (Manchester United), Morten Hjulmand (Sporting CP), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham), Mathias Jensen (Brentford), Christian Nørgaard (Brentford)

Forwards: Mikkel Damsgaard (Brentford), Kasper Dolberg (Anderlecht), Rasmus Højlund (Manchester United), Andreas Skov Olsen (Club Brugge), Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig), Jonas Wind (Wolfsburg)


- Slovenia

Slovenia will be at the Euros for the second time dating to 2000 and are seen as the weakest threat in Group C.

They will seek to surprise England, Denmark and Serbia with the help from Atletico Madrid's goalie Jan Oblak, Udinese's defender Jaka Bijol and Leipzig's forward Benjamin Sesko.


Slovenia's EURO 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Vid Belec (APOEL), Jan Oblak (Atletico de Madrid), Igor Vekic (Vejle)

Defenders: Jure Balkovec (Alanyaspor), Jaka Bijol (Udinese), Miha Blazic (Lech Poznan), David Brekalo (Orlando City), Vanja Drkusic (Sochi), Erik Janza (Gornik Zabrze), Zan Karnicnik (Celje), Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Sturm Graz), Petar Stojanovic (Sampdoria)

Midfielders: Timi Elsnik (Olimpija Ljubljana), Adam Gnezda Cerin (Panathinaikos), Tomi Horvat (Sturm Graz), Josip Ilicic (Maribor), Jasmin Kurtic (Sudtirol), Sandi Lovric (Udinese), Benjamin Verbic (Panathinaikos), Adrian Zeljkovic (Spartak Trnava), Nino Zugelj (Bodo/Glimt)

Forwards: Zan Celar (Lugano), Jan Mlakar (Pisa), Benjamin Sesko (Leipzig), Andraz Sporar (Panathinaikos), Zan Vipotnik (Bordeaux)


- Serbia

Serbia made appearances in the Euros as Yugoslavia from 1920 - 1992, FR Yugoslavia from 1992-2003 and Serbia and Montenegro from 2003 - 2006.

Fenerbahce star Dusan Tadic is the captain of the team.

In addition to Tadic, Salzburg's Strahinja Pavlovic, Al-Hilal's Aleksandar Mitrovic and Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic will be key assets for the Serbs.


Serbia's EURO 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Torino), Đorđe Petrovic (Chelsea), Predrag Rajkovic (Mallorca)

Defenders: Srđan Babic (Spartak Moskva), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Filip Mladenovic (Panathinaikos), Strahinja Pavlovic (Salzburg), Uros Spajic (Crvena zvezda), Nemanja Stojic (TSC), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen)

Midfielders: Veljko Birmancevic (Sparta Praha), Mijat Gacinovic (AEK Athens), Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla), Ivan Ilic (Torino), Sasa Lukic (Fulham), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe), Srdjan Mijailovic (Crvena zvezda), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Al-Hilal), Lazar Vujadin Samardzic (Udinese)

Forwards: Luka Jovic (Milan), Filip Kostic (Juventus), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Al-Hilal), Petar Ratkov (Salzburg), Dušan Tadic (Fenerbahce), Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK)

EURO 2024 will get underway in Germany on June 14, with the final in Berlin on July 14.


- Group C fixtures:

June 16 (1600 GMT): Slovenia vs Denmark (MHPArena - Stuttgart)

June 16 (1900 GMT) : Serbia vs England (Arena AufSchalke - Gelsenkirchen)

June 20 (1300 GMT) : Slovenia vs Serbia (Munich Football Arena )

June 20 (1600 GMT) : Denmark vs England (Frankfurt Arena)

June 25 (1900 GMT) : England vs Slovenia (Cologne Stadium)

June 25 (1900 GMT) : Denmark vs Serbia (Munich Football Arena)

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