I haven’t mentioned England yet. So here goes. After some underwhelming warm-up games, how will they fare with Harry Maguire likely to miss at least two group games and both Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish struggling for fitness? Personally, I think they may run into trouble in the last 16 but they still have a very talented group of young attack-minded players. One of them is Bukayo Saka, Arsenal’s only England representative at the Euros. He explains here how he got his “little chilli” nickname.
And here’s the latest on Maguire’s battle to get fit:
The Guardian’s Rome correspondent, Angela Giuffrida, has been talking to locals to get their views on how they feel as Euro 2020 kicks off in their back yard. It’s fair to say excitement is hardly at fever pitch. Here’s the opinion of Marco Martinelli, a restaurant owner.
The atmosphere is a little sad. You don’t have all the fervour that you would usually get before such a tournament … I don’t feel the excitement yet.
Good morning! So, just the 364 days after it was supposed to start, Euro 2020 is upon us. Have you got that Big Tournament buzz, yet? The first match kicks off in Rome tonight at 8pm (BST), where 16,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico will watch Italy take on Turkey in Group A. That’s just a quarter of the grand old stadium’s capacity and a sign of these Covid times. Jonathan Liew is in Rome to report on that one and he’s written this scene-setter before the big kick-off.
We’ll be bringing you all the buildup and latest news, plus a selection of some of this site’s best previews, as the tournament nears through the day. We’ll also keep you updated on any major news elsewhere in the world of football, too. Anyway, let’s get down to the brass tacks: who is going to win the tournament, then? I reckon Germany might surprise a few doubters but what do I know? Our writers offer their predictions on who might win the tournament and more, here.