England set to face France in Euro 2020 final, say bookmakers

Gareth Southgate’s side favourites to progress from their side of the draw but final heartbreak looms.

England are on course for their best international performance since 1966, according to bookmakers.

The Three Lions have only made one major final, in 1966 when they beat West Germany to win the World Cup at Wembley.

They have qualified for the semi-finals on a further four occasions, suffering defeats in the World Cup finals of 1990 and 2018, while they also bowed out in the last four of the European Championships in 1968 and 1996. The latter saw the finals staged in England, as they are again this year.

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Now having secured their place in the last 16 as Group D winners, they are set to face 1990 and 2016 conquerors Germany again. And despite a patchy record against Joachim Low's side, they are odds-on to progress.

No matter who they could meet in the quarter-finals - Sweden or Ukraine - they are already 6/4 to win that.

And with the excitement levels promising to be at fever pitch, England are still a short price to get through a semi-final tie against potential opponents Denmark or Czech Republic.

In fact, the only game they are not seen as favourites to win is the final when it is predicted they will come up against France.

France are the only team standing between England and Euro 2020 glory according to bookmakers
France are the only team standing between England and Euro 2020 glory according to bookmakers

We spoke to Betfair about England's hopes, with spokesperson Sam Rosbottom showing full confidence in Gareth Southgate's side.

"England now know their route to the final and first up is a mouth-watering tie against Germany at Wembley," said Rosbottom. "Currently, Southgate's team are the 4/5 favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals, while Germany are even money.

"Should England get past Germany, they will either face Sweden or the Ukraine and at the moment, the Three Lions are 6/4 to make the semi-finals where they could potentially face Denmark or Czech Republic.

Memphis Depay and Netherlands could lie in wait for England in the semi-final
Memphis Depay and Netherlands could lie in wait for England in the semi-final

"If they get past the Germans, their route to the final looks favourable on paper and they are 11/5 to be playing in the final at Wembley on July 11.

"Looking at the chances of 'Football Coming Home', England are now second favourites behind France (4/1) to win Euro 2020."