Group D

Spain should finish top of Group D as they go on the hunt for a third European championship on the trot. They’ve still got arguably the best midfield in the world with Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva pulling the strings. But up front, Vicente Del Bosque has Aritz Aduriz – but not a lot else. Czech Republic have a squad that are quite old which would be worrying for most. But the quality of Petr Cech and Borek Dockal’s goals has them in a decent position. However, since manager Pavel Vrba took over in 2014, the Czechs haven’t kept a clean sheet. That won’t end well at the Euros. Turkey qualified as the third best team in Group A behind Iceland and the Czech’s. But their entire squad is based in just five leagues with over two thirds in the Turkish League. Burak Yilmaz, Arda Turan and Nuri Sahin are important but inconsistency was present in the qualifying group which they can’t afford in France. Despite being deducted a point, Croatia finished second in Group H behind Italy with a very talented team. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic supporting Mario Mandzukic will scare even the best Euro defence. Their last group game against Spain on June 21 could be crucial.

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