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Exactly one year after it had been initially scheduled, but Euro 2020 is finally upon us.

Much has changed across the planet in the past 12 months, but now, as it would have been then, 24 nations will converge across the continent to be crowned Europe's best.

It is the first time that the tournament hasn't been housed in one or two particular nations, but all roads lead to Wembley, for the July 11 final.

The question is who will make it there?

Gareth Southgate's England are much fancied, as are world champions France. But what about Belgium's golden generation, or a new look Italy side?

How about Spain and Germany? And what of the potential dark horses; can any break from the pack and do what Greece managed in 2004?

Can England claim glory at Euro 2020?
(Image: Laurence Griffiths – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Mirror Football has taken a hefty look at the 24 teams taking part to come up with our definitive power rankings ahead of the tournament.

Who will shine, who will falter and who will ultimately hold the trophy aloft? Let us be your guide…

Note: This isn't necessarily a ranking of the best teams and who is better than who, but more an exact science* based on their group stage draw, squad strength and current form

(*Not an exact science)

Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Wales, Turkey

Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland

Group C: Holland, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia

Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland

Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia

Group F: France, Portugal, Germany, Hungary

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24. Hungary

Hungary are actually enjoying something of a renaissance and aren't a bad side, having fended off Iceland in the play-offs to reach the finals.

But, because the world can be a cruel, unforgiving place, they've been handed France, Germany and Portugal in their group.

To rub salt in their wounds, creative spark and young star Dominik Szoboszlai was recently ruled out through injury.

Sorry lads.

23. North Macedonia

Venturing into their first-ever international tournament, North Macedonia are the lowest-FIFA ranked team of the 24 sides competiting (62nd).

Spearheaded by Serie A duo Goran Pandev (Genoa) and Elif Elmas (Napoli) – who are separated by 16 years – Leeds United fans will be keen to watch Ezgjan Alioski haring down the left as a wing-back.

Pandev was famously part of Inter Milan's treble-winning side of 2010 and fittingly netted the only goal of the game as his nation beat Georgia in their play-off match.

Known as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia until 2019, reality is expected to kick in this summer thanks to, again, superior group opposition.

22. Finland

Having finished second in their qualifying group, Markku Kanerva's men finished above the likes of Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina to send Finland to their first major tournament, too.

Led by Norwich City talisman Teemu Pukki with not much of a well-known supporting cast, they'll be hoping Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky can claw them out danger, while Rangers man Glen Kamara will be part of the midfield.

Kanerva was a primary school teacher before his transition into professional coaching, but unfortunately, Belgium, Russia, and Denmark could all teach them a lesson at the group stage.

21. Wales

Gareth Bale will be looked to throughout Wales' campaign
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

As the dark horse at Euro 2016 – unless you count Portugal who finished third in their group and then somehow won the whole thing – Wales will be hoping to conjure up the spirit of France to progress this time out.

After looking good under Ryan Giggs, his legal ordeals saw Rob Page given the job, having had experience with Port Vale, Northampton Town, and the country's under-21s.

Lacking the defensive solidity of five years ago, the Dragons look even more reliant on star man Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, who has struggled since signing for Juventus in 2019.

20. Slovakia

Disliked by both Northern and the Republic of Ireland after beating the pair in the play-offs, Slovakia enter a Group E currently in chaos thanks to Spain's COVID-19 outbreak.

Captain, all-time top goalscorer, and most-capped player Marek Hamsik still leads the side, while Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar and a decent set of goalkeepers including Newcastle United's Martin Dubravka helping to provide a solid core that Stefan Tarkovic will hope can hold firm.

Without much attacking talent (main striker Michal Duris has just seven goals in 54 caps), the aim will be to repeat their triumph in France of reaching the last 16.

19. Russia

As hosts at the 2018 World Cup, Russia used home advantage to reach the quarter-finals and have continued on a steady upward trajectory since.

Captain and target man Artyom Dzyuba is difficult to handle due to his imposing frame and can attract a lot of opposition attention, while Monaco's Aleksandr Golovin and Atalanta's Aleksei Miranchuk offer goals and creativity from midfield.

Stanislav Cherchesov will be confident his tactically flexible squad can at least achieve a third-place finish strong enough to see them through to the knockouts.

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18. Scotland

To put it bluntly, as he often does, Steve Clarke has worked wonders with Scotland.

Whether to be deploying Scott McTominay at centre-back or managing to get Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson into a functioning XI, the former Kilmarnock boss will lead his nation into their first major tournament in 23 years.

Southampton striker Che Adams' recent conversion has bolstered their forward line, while Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is the standout in an exciting midfield.

Another likely eying third-place, their opening game against the Czech Republic is set to be crucial.

17. Ukraine

Led by former national footballing icon and politician Andriy Shevchenko, this versatile Ukraine side topped a group containing Portugal and Serbia to cement their place in their third successive Euros.

In 2016, they lost all three group matches without scoring a goal, but since then, midfield maestros Oleksandr Zinchenko ( Manchester City ) and Ruslan Malinovsky (Atalanta) have added a wealth of creativity to a refreshed outfit.

Unpredictable in formation, their favourable group means that knockout qualification is more than achievable.

If nothing else, their kit has caused controversy in Russia, thanks to a design feature deemed "totally inappropriate" by Moscow figures.

16. Austria

Austria gave England a tough test in their friendly last week
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Having done themselves no disservice in a recent friendly with England, Franco Foda and co have made a name for themselves as being distinctly average in recent years.

New Real Madrid signing David Alaba is by far the standout in the side, while former West Ham and Stoke striker Marko Arnautovic has stayed in the national picture despite his move to China.

With most of the squad plying their trade in the Bundesliga, Marcel Sabitzer is the best of the bunch and has a rocket of a long-range shot on him.

Watch out for 23-year-old striker Sasa Kalajdzic who netted 17 goals for Stuttgart this past season.

15. Sweden

Missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury may seem a catastrophic blow but as Janne Andersson's team demonstrated at the most recent World Cup, losing to England in the quarter-final, cohesiveness over star power can serve Sweden well.

21-year-old Alexander Isak is now the leading man, averaging a goal every two games in La Liga this term, supported by RB Lipezig's Emil Forsberg and young Juventus sensation Dejan Kulusevski.

36-year-old Sebastian Larsson is in the squad to offer experience but after a successful season back in Serie A with AC Milan, Ibrahimovic's pedigree would've still been welcome.

14. Czech Republic

The Czech Republic proved they're no mugs in 2019, beating the Three Lions in qualification
(Image: Photo by Denis Doyle – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Although it wouldn't be a bad tactic, the Czechs don't simply play to West Ham favourite Tomas Soucek.

With a lot of uncredited flair and inventiveness, Jaroslav Silhavy's side are a nightmare to play against.

Still direct and dangerous from set pieces, all-round striker Patrik Schick leads the line, while centre-midfielder Alex Kral is an adept all-rounder himself.

The Spartak Moscow asset has been linked with a number of Premier League sides this summer, potentially joining Soucek and Vladimir Coufal at the London Stadium post-Euros.

Putting the ball in the back of the net has sometimes been an issue, but their 2-1 home win over England in 2019 will give them confidence to cause an upset in the final group game.

13. Switzerland

Known for being consistent and well-organsied, Vladimir Petkovic has guided the Swiss to a commendable world ranking of 13th.

Having reached the last 16 in their last two major tournaments and reaching the Nations League final, Switzerland's squad haven't had ideal preparation this time around, with the vast majority of their stars spending the season on the bench – like Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri.

A usually settled defence could rely on the fitness of Newcastle United centre-back Fabian Schar, but Borussia Monchengladbach's Denis Zakaria and midfield partner Grant Xhaka of Arsenal should shore the side up.

Not to be underestimated, this could be Petkovic's last European dance with the Rossocrociati.

12. Poland

Robert Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller's record for goals scored in a single Bundesliga season last month, bagging 41

Arguably the most one-man team in the tournament, Poland are relying on the brilliance of captain Robert Lewandowski to build on his two major tournament goals.

Having lost to Portugal on penalties at the quarter-final stage in France, things have gone downhill since.

A lacklustre group stage exit in Russia was followed by the appointment of Jerzy Brzeczek, whose unimaginative football saw him sacked in January despite guiding the Poles to the finals.

Portuguese manager Paulo Sousa then took the reigns, employing a back three and demanding high-octane football, but just one win from five games as boss is cause for concern.

With Krzysztof Piatek and Arkadiusz Milik ruled out through injury, 'Lewy' has the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.

11. Turkey

Sticking with Group A, Senol Gunes is back in charge of Turkey after leading them to third at the 2002 World Cup.

Burak Yilmaz fired Lille to a shock Ligue 1 title win this past campaign but his supporting cast aren't to be taken lightly.

Chief creator Hakan Calhanoglu is a threat with his excellent technical ability, while Yilmaz's club teammate Yusuf Yazici has been equally impressive in his own right.

Leicester's Caglar Soyuncu was part of a backline that conceded just three goals in qualifying, and despite being the lowest-ranked side in their group, Gunes knows all about causing an upset with his siege mentality.

10. Denmark

To the top 10 many's dark horses now, and Denmark will be keen to show why there's more to them than Christian Eriksen's wizardry.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has skin the game as his father won the Championships in 1992, and centre-backs Simon Kjær and Andreas Christensen are each coming into the tournament off the back of good club form.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Thomas Delaney add bite in midfield, but Eriksen's creativity could be squandered by the unprolific Martin Braithwaite and Yussuf Poulsen.

However, 22-year-old Jonas Wind could make his name if he takes his chances in front goal like he did 15 times in 28 games for Copenhagen in 2020-21.

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9. Netherlands

We've seen how much losing Virgil van Dijk can affect a top team, and after missing out on every major tournament since the 2014 World Cup, the Netherlands still have the makings of a potential flop performance.

Frank de Boer's six wins from 13 matches won't fill Dutch fans with confidence after Ronald Koeman took the Barcelona hot seat last summer following some fruitful years.

Even recently they've lost first-choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and Manchester United benchwarmer Donny van de Beek to injury, while Matthijs de Ligt is nursing a groin issue.

Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay could be teammates under Koeman at the Camp Nou soon, but their home advantage should at least see them safely out of Group C.

8. Croatia

Luka Modric was the standout in Croatia's historic run in Russia

After reaching the World Cup final in 2018, Zlatko Dalic has overseen somewhat of a transition from their second golden generation.

Luka Modric remains the jewel of the crown, but fellow midfielders Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic offer top-level quality.

Andrej Kramaric is one of Europe's most underrated marksman, while the tenacious Ante Rebic is another of the continent's frequently overlooked forwards.

Tottenham Hotspur supporters will remember winger Mislav Orsic after he scored a hat-trick in their shock Europa League loss in March and Ivan Perisic continues to provide conviction out wide.

Expected to advance alongside England in Group D, nothing is to say they can't repeat their heroics of three years prior.

7. Spain

A new-look outfit under Luis Enrique, the 2008 and 2012 winners are seeking their next international dynasty.

Their camp hasn't been without controversy, with the squad suffering a recent COVID-19 outbreak which caused the federation to enlist 17 standby players.

One player who couldn't have tested positive is Sergio Ramos, who was surprisingly omitted by Enrique after an injury-plagued campaign.

Barcelona youngster Pedri, a bright, busy midfielder, looks to be the next big name to come out of La Masia, while Aymeric Laporte's switch of nationality has bolstered the back line.

David De Gea is unlikely to be the no. 1 too, as Unai Simon is the current starting stopper, representing a fresh start for the former world champions.

6. Italy

The Italian national anthem is always filled with passion
(Image: Claudio Villa)

Absent from the 2018 World Cup following their failure to qualify, Roberto Mancini has picked up the pieces from Italy's lowest ebb to spark a rejuvenation.

Thanks to an influx of young talent into Serie A's top teams, the former Manchester City manager has managed to craft a fearsome Azzurri sides.

From goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to midfield dynamo Nicolo Barella, Italy may not have one standout star but their players are the lynchpins of their native league's elite.

Ciro Immobile will have a heavy responsibility to convert neatly crafted chances, but their blistering blend of experience and youth makes them one of the tournament's most complete outfits.

5. Portugal

Like few who've gone before them, Portgual head into the Euros with a much more established squad than when they lifted the Henri Delaunay Trophy in Paris five years ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo is joined by Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, and Joao Cancelo – and that's just the City players!

From back to front, players such as Pepe, Jose Fonte, Diogo Jota, and recent La Liga title winner Joao Felix help make up a formidable squad as Fernando Santos bids to retain the title.

With a reliance on Ronaldo teetering on too much, Andre Silva – who scored more Bundesliga goals than Erling Haaland this term (28) – may be called upon as a Plan B.

Not a bad option.

Who do you think will win Euro 2020? Have your say in the comments below.

4. Germany

After trying to take a new path following the 2018 World Cup debacle, Jogi Löw has gone back to the future.

Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels have returned to the fold, to add some nous to a talented side full of creativity and pace.

For his final throw of the dice after 15 years at the helm, Löw looks set to go with a back three, with Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry given license to roam in attack and Toni Kroos dictating the tempo.

As always, they’ll be contenders and should be fine getting through Group F with all three games in Munich – but the taste of a 6-0 friendly thrashing by Spain still lingers and they do give opponents’ chances.

3. England

The Three Lions' hopes could be greatly affected depending on the fitness of Harry Maguire
(Image: PA)

Installed as joint-favourites thanks to a frankly ridiculous amount of attacking talent and the fact it could effectively feel like a home tournament, England are under pressure to at least make the final at Wembley on July 11.

Whether you're confident or skeptical, the Three Lions' strengths and weaknesses are something most can agree on – it's who Gareth Southgate starts that's causing debate.

With Harry Maguire seemingly unfit ahead of Sunday's opener against Croatia, who'll fill in in defence?

What formation should Southgate go with?

And which handful of attacking stars should he select?

Potentially meeting a tougher opponent in the round-of-16 by topping the group than if they finish second, only one question really matters – is it coming home?

2. Belgium

After falling surprisingly to Wales at Euro 2016 and finishing third in the 2018 World Cup, Belgium's golden generation are looking to finally land gold.

Roberto Martinez's side boast experience and quality throughout, not least in the shape of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne.

But the real key to their hopes is likely to be Eden Hazard, a player who should be fresh after a miserable season at Real Madrid and with a point to prove. He brings the X-Factor to their side and can make the difference.

But questions continue over whether, when the going gets toughest, they can hold their nerve?

1. France

France lifted the World Cup in 2018 following a ruthlessly efficient campaign
(Image: Getty Images)

The reigning world champions are joint favourites and with good reason.

Didier Deschamps’ boasts a team who know how to reach major finals – not just in 2018, but also 2016 – and has the deepest talent pool to choose from.

Packed full of match-winners both in defence and attack, Karim Benzema’s return to the fold after a six year absence adds another dimension, while Kylian Mbappe will want to add to his reputation with more standout displays.

The team to beat.