The warm-up games are done and Euro 2020 is now finally upon us.
After being forced to bottle up the excitement for an extra 12 months, this year’s tournament is easily one of the most anticipated Euros in recent memory.
It is also one of the hardest to call a winner with England the bookies’ favourites at the moment.
Here, Sportsmail takes a closer look at how every team has fared in the warm-up games and assesses who’s in form and who looks rusty going into the tournament.
Sportsmail assesses the form of every team ahead of the European Championship
Turkey have been flying in recent months and haven’t tasted defeat since November, but they certainly didn’t provide any reason why Italy, Wales and Switzerland should fear them from their warm-up games.
A slender win over Azerbaijan, a 0-0 draw with Guinea and a 2-0 win over Moldova is decent enough but Turkey won the games they were expected to and faltered against the best team they faced.
March’s 4-2 victory over Holland however proved they can beat anyone on their day and overall they are coming into the tournament with spirits at an all-time high.
Roberto Mancini’s side look unbeatable at the minute and haven’t lost a game since September 2018.
They predictably brushed aside San Marino in emphatic style in their first warm-up match, winning 7-0, but Mancini can take little from thrashing a team who he is well accustomed to these kind of thumpings.
A 4-0 victory over a Czech Republic side though who only a few months back had held Belgium to a draw sent out a message to the rest of the tournament. If it didn’t look ominous enough for Turkey, who face them in the opening game in Rome, Italy haven’t lost on their patch since 1999.
Italy come into the tournament in scintillating form and will fancy their chances of winning it
Gareth Bale and Co face a tough task just getting out of their group and aren’t exactly going into the tournament firing on all cylinders.
Since September 2019, only France and Belgium have taken a victory against them, but just two wins and three goals from five games this year is a tad concerning.
The defeat by France came in their first warm-up game, but you can’t take much from losing 3-0 to Didier Deschamps star-studded men. However, their toothless display in the 0-0 draw with Albania last week will be worrying to Rob Page’s men, who on form you wouldn’t put money lasting that long in the Euros.
Switzerland, contrastingly, are not struggling for goals and stuck seven past Liechtenstein last week.
That followed an impressive 2-1 win over a competitive USA side.
They also have draws against Spain and Germany and a win over high-flying Finland in the last 12 months to boast about heading into the Euros. Their form looks ominous for Wales and Turkey’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
Gareth Bale and Co face a big ask to get through and didn’t play particularly well in warm-ups
Denmark have never been slouches and looked impressive in their warm-up games.
They drew with Germany first before claiming a convincing victory over a tough Bosnia side.
A few months back they also stuck four past Austria, who England only managed to beat by the one goal in their warm-up game. They are in a group full of good teams but will fancy their chances of progressing.
These past few years have probably been the best in Finland’s football history.
But the wheels are threatening to fall off at the worst possible time with the Finnish national side going without a single victory so far in 2021.
They lost both of their warm-up games against Sweden and worryingly Estonia and are undoubtedly now the big underdogs in this group.
Denmark have some talented players and have looked impressive in recent months
Roberto Martinez would’ve probably liked more goals in Belgium’s warm-up matches but will be content with how they fared.
The 1-1 draw with Greece would’ve been disappointing but his side responded by beating Croatia 1-0 in their next match.
Belgium are currently ranked as the No 1 team in the world so they will have some pressure on them to live up to that billing and at least reach the semi-finals.
Russia will be looking to carry their last performance at a major tournament into the Euros but obviously won’t have the luxury of playing every one of their games on home soil like they did in the World Cup three years ago.
They will nonetheless have expectations of at least getting out of the group.
Logic tells you it will be a straight shootout between them and Denmark for second spot, though Russia come into the tournament with slightly less momentum than the Danes after drawing with Poland and then beating Bulgaria by a single goal in their warm-up games.
Belgium slipped up against Greece and have a lot of pressure on them winning the Euros
Holland are always expected to do well at major tournaments but few fancy them to go all the way this summer.
The bookies only make them the eighth favourite to lift the trophy while there seems to be some disillusionment in the squad with Frank de Boer’s tactics.
They needed a last-gasp equaliser from Memphis Depay to spare their blushes against Scotland last week but will head into the tournament off the back of a win after defeating Georgia 3-0 in their final warm-up game.
It’s a funny thing that Ukraine struggle to score when they are managed by one of the greatest goalscorers ever in Andriy Shevchenko.
Since September 2020, they have only scored more than one goal in a game twice.
One of those games however was their final warm-up match, which they won 4-0 against Cyprus, so that will allay some of their concerns. They also won their other warm-up game against Northern Ireland so will be feeling in good shape for the Euros.
Memphis Depay has been a standout player for Holland in their disappointing warm-up games
Austria didn’t look all that great against England and fluffed the chances that they did manage to create.
Although England weren’t quite at their fluid best, they did manage to keep some of Gareth Southgate’s best attacking talents quiet for much of the game and reduced them to just the one goal.
They showed they were hard to score against in their next match when they kept a clean sheet against Slovakia but ultimately will not be pleased with how their warm-up games went.
North Macedonia probably didn’t expect to find themselves here so they have a free shot.
They’ll certainly come to have a go and will be quietly optimistic about their chances of springing a surprise.
North Macedonia come into the tournament still high off that famous win over Germany back in March while a draw against Slovenia and a 4-0 win over Kazakhstan has only added to their high spirits.
Austria rarely threatened in their friendly against England and then failed to beat Slovakia
If it weren’t for the semi-final and final being played on English soil, you have to wonder if Southgate’s men would be the favourites.
They certainly didn’t look like favourites in their warm-up games.
Indeed, the 1-0 victories over Austria and Romania left more questions than answers but Southgate and Co will be feeling positive that they sailed through both games and can go into the tournament off the back of two wins.
Croatia looked underwhelming in their warm-up matches and don’t seem to be as dangerous as they were three years ago at the World Cup.
They still represent the biggest challenge for England in Group D and will be hoping for better performances than they showed last week.
A draw against Armenia and a defeat against Belgium has left the mood in the Croatian camp low but they will be eager to bounce back by beating England – who still bear the scars of that 2018 World Cup semi-final – in the opening group game.
England will be pleased they won both of their games but were far from convincing
Fresh from holding Holland to a draw and beating Luxembourg, Scotland will be feeling buoyed ahead of their first European Championships since 1996.
A number of their key players have enjoyed brilliant seasons – such as Kieran Tierney, John McGinn and Che Adams – and if they can translate that into performances at the Euros, Scotland could surprise everybody.
They’ll have the chance to get off on the right foot when they face Czech Republic, who are widely viewed as the weakest team in the group.
Looking at the Czech Republic’s form, they seem to blow hot and cold.
Italy made light work of them in their first warm-up game but they responded by claiming a convincing 3-1 win over Albania, which would have restored some confidence ahead of the Euros.
They’ll need all of that if they are to beat Scotland on Monday, having failed in their last three attempts, including two defeats against them last year.
Croatia haven’t been brilliant but Luka Modric and co will want to bounce back against England
Luis Enrique admitted his Spain side needed to be more ruthless in attack after the 0-0 draw with Portugal last week but was confident the goals would start to come.
Part of that might have been because he knew their next game was against Lithuania, which of course they won by a large margin thanks to goals from Hugo Guillamon, Brahim Diaz, Juan Miranda and Javi Puado.
The result did however seem to highlight a problem Spain have with consistency that even stretches back to last year. Back in November Spain battered Germany 6-0 and then in the following game drew at home to Greece. It’s not an ideal situation for Spain going into the tournament and Enrique will be aware that his players need to be performing in every game if they are to reach the latter stages at this tournament.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury would have been a huge blow to Sweden but they have been carrying on business as usual in his absence.
Always a hard side to play against, the Swedes will likely give Spain a run for their money to top this group if they perform at their best.
If their warm-up games are anything to go by, they should be a handful for any side who play’s them as they easily put Finland and Armenia to the sword, winning 2-0 and 3-1.
Spain have blown hot and cold in recent months but are still one of the tournament favourites
Any team that has Robert Lewandowski in it always has half a chance.
That saying, Poland’s recent performances haven’t been very impressive. They have won just one of their games this year and that came against Andorra.
They drew with Russia and Iceland in their warm-up games and will be heavily reliant on Lewandowski at this tournament.
Slovakia are undoubtedly seen as the whipping boys of this group but they will be far from a walk over.
They shouldn’t trouble the top two places but are somewhat of a draw specialist and will set up to frustrate.
Austria found out how resolute their defence was in the final warm-up games when they had 61 per cent possession and 17 shots but failed to breach Slovakia’s goal. They also drew their other warm-up match against Bulgaria.
Poland have struggled for form and failed to win both of their warm-up matches
Poor old Hungary being pitted against this lot.
They are actually a very decent team but they’ve not go a chance in hell of progressing from this group.
A 1-0 win against Cyprus and a 0-0 draw against Ireland were positive enough results for them heading into the tournament, but that hardly stands for anything when they have to play games against Portugal, France and Germany.
Portugal didn’t quite pass the acid test against Spain but will be delighted they managed to avoid defeat which should stand them in good stead for tough games to come.
Fernando Santos’ men did however finish their warm-up games on a high with a 4-0 drubbing against Israel.
Bruno Fernandes, whose late-season wobble in form had been a concern, allayed any fears he is suffering with burnout by scoring twice in a brilliant display while Cristiano Ronaldo also got his name on the scoresheet. As things stand, you’d have to fancy Portugal to qualify in second behind France.
Kylian Mbappe has looked red-hot for France, who enter the Euros with four straight wins
Can anyone stop them?
The world champions are in red-hot form and one of the firm favourites to win the Euros this summer.
They won both of their warm-up matches against Wales and Bulgaria 3-0 and perhaps even more ominously, have key men Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann bang in form.
Similarly to Spain, you never quite know what Germany is going to show up.
They were held to Denmark in their first warm-up match but then stuck seven past Latvia. Obviously they are expected to beat a team of Latvia’s ilk but scoring seven is still some feat.
Although they have little momentum coming into the Euros, Germany will certainly be determined more than ever to achieve something special after their last showing at a major tournament and with this Joachim Low’s last as manager.
Germany have welcomed back some familiar faces but were inconsistent in their two games