Euro 2020 - Arsene Wenger tips England to be biggest challengers to 'super favourites' France
Arsene Wenger is backing France to win Euro 2020 and believes Les Blues are the 'super favourites'. France are the reigning world champions, but Wenger is also backing England to go far in the tournament. The pair are amongst the bookie favourites along with Belgium's golden generation and the holders Portugal.
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Wenger, who was at the helm at Arsenal for 22 years, believes France are the huge favourites because of the depth in their squad.
“They are not the favourites, they are the super favourite,” Wenger said.
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“Favourite is not big enough, because when you win the World Cup and then you have in your team, (N'Golo) Kante, (Paul) Pogba, (Karim) Benzema, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Kingsley) Coman, (Olivier) Giroud, I forget half of them. (Ousmane) Dembele.
“You will have on the bench 11 players who would play basically in any other national team.
So you cannot refuse the fact that you are world champion and it's a team which has not peaked.
“It's a team that's still going up, because they're all young these guys. Apart from two or three, the core of the team is very young.”
Wenger is convinced England will build on their World Cup efforts and heaped praise on likes of England frontman Harry Kane and midfielder Declan Rice.
“The closest to France for me is England, for a few reasons,” he told beIN Sports.
“They have the highest creative potential maybe in Europe. They have a goalscorer who doesn’t need many chances. He has a very good conversion rate of chances he creates.
“He even scores goals that are not chances. The have an amount of players with (Phil) Foden, (Mason) Mount, Grealish – I like Declan Rice as well.
“They have a midfield going forward. I find they can compete with anybody in the world.