Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger thinks England can “threaten” the “super favourite” France at this summer’s European Championships.
The usual suspects are among the favourites with the bookmakers for the competition with the likes of France, England, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy all considered contenders for the title.
Gareth Southgate named his 26-man England squad last week with Ben White called up today to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
There is a lot of excitement surrounding the attacking players at the Three Lions’ disposal with the likes of Mason Mount and Phil Foden playing in the Champions League final this season, while Harry Kane has been banging in the goals at Premier League level.
And Wenger is confident England will put on a good showing when the tournament kicks off on Friday, believing they can compete with France.
“The English team is for me the team who can most threaten France,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“They have top quality players. They are maybe still a bit young some of them but this season with Mason Mount, [Phil] Foden, they have [Jack] Grealish, Declan Rice and of course Harry Kane up front and some experienced players like [Jordan] Henderson. They can compete with France.”
But Wenger still rates his home nation France as “the super favourite” for the competition due to their amazing strength in depth.
“They are not the favourites, they are the super favourite,” former Arsenal boss Wenger added.
“Favourite is not big enough, because when you win the World Cup and then you have in your team, [N’Golo] Kante, [Paul] Pogba, [Karim] Benzema, [Antoine] Griezmann, [Kingsley] Coman, [Olivier] Giroud, I forget half of them… [Ousmane] Dembele.
“You will have on the bench 11 players who would play basically in any other national team.
“So you cannot refuse the fact that you are world champion and it’s a team which has not peaked.
“It’s a team that’s still going up, because they’re all young these guys. Apart from two or three, the core of the team is very young.”