Every upcoming sporting event feels like it has an asterisk beside its name at the moment given the measures taking place around the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fans don’t really know what’s going to happen, and it seems that sporting authorities are not certain either.
As it stands, major events like Royal Ascot, the Wimbledon Championships and the Open are scheduled to go ahead this summer. But the jewel in the crown for many sports fans was the chance to see the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley.
It will be the first major international football final to be held in the UK since Euro 1996, and it could be the last for a long time given England (or anywhere else in the UK) isn’t in line to be hosting any World Cups for men’s nor women’s football.
As we have now learned, UEFA has decided to postpone the Euros until next summer, meaning London must wait another year to get that major tournament buzz back on the streets of the capital.
Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Looked Like Summer Highlight
But there is another reason for football fans to get excited for a Wembley final, even if it is a year late; namely that England had an excellent chance of getting there. As most will be aware, no England men’s side has made it to a major final since 1966, so to say that there would be a celebratory mood in the capital is something of an understatement.
According to MansionBet, England are the 4/1 favourites to win Euro 2020, or as we should probably term it, Euro 2021, with Belgium (5/1) and France (6/1) coming in just behind. It represents the first time in a couple of generations that England have gone into a major tournament as favourites.
Things can change quickly in football, and it’s one reason why you should keep up to date through a British betting predictions blog by MansionBet. But there is every reason to believe that Gareth Southgate’s young team will still merit that favourites tag next summer. The team has grown considerably since losing the World Cup Semi Final against Croatia, and the wealth of young talent coming through should have fans excited for the World Cup 2022 and beyond.
England Boasts a Talented Young Squad
A talented squad featuring the likes of Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold is one thing, but what separates this England side from ‘good-on-paper’ sides of the past is a sense of unity and cohesion. It might sound clichéd, but the team plays as a team, and not as a collection of individuals.
One of the best examples of this was found in the 6-0 win over Bulgaria, a game that was marred by racist chanting from the home fans in Sofia. The way these young men, many of whom are from BAME backgrounds, went about their business in the face of such vile abuse really showed they could handle any type of pressure. Seeing their composure that night in Sofia was one of the proudest moments for any modern England fan, albeit coming in a dark moment for football.
The golden summer that this young generation of England players promised to fans is to be delayed for another year. Still, the fans have waited well over 50 years to see some silverware – they can perhaps wait one more.