The news of EURO 2020’s postponement for a year have probably upset most of the player that were dreaming about a tournament of this size, however, others were probably happy with this decision since they were dealing with injuries that would probably force them to miss out on this competition.
The case of the current champions
The fight for a spot amongst the 23 called-up players for the final stage of a great competition is right now extremely fierce in Portugal, such is the quality of their players. This season, it would be no exception and some players should be hampered by the fact they are injured or in relatively early stages of their return to competition.
On the case of Portugal, Ricardo Pereira was the most vibrant example since he was standing out playing for Leicester City and he would hardly miss out on making the list of the 23 called-up players. However, a recent knee injury would prevent him from offering his contribution within 3 months.
This way, the former FC Porto right back is once again dreaming about playing in the competition because he will have enough time to recover from this injury and reestablish his strong competitive indexes that he was presenting in the Premier League.
But there are other cases on that national team: Gonçalo Guedes has been having a season to forget on Valencia, thanks to an injury that jeopardized most of his season, and even despite already being back to the competition, it would be hard for him to conquer a spot amongst the 23 selected players at this stage.
The same thing would happen with André Gomes or William Carvalho that had seasons marked by injuries that would put them at a clear disadvantage thanks to others who have been playing a lot such as Danilo Pereira, Rúben Neves, Pizzi or Bruno Fernandes.
The English national team can have a demolishing attack in 2021
Gareth Southgate’s squad is now leading the list of favourites to win the EURO 2021 with odds of 6.00 on 1XBet. These odds have significantly dropped after the announcement of the postponement of the competition to next year, since Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford will be able to recover from their injuries with more time and be in full strength for next year.
💫 @MarcusRashford's come a long way since his derby debut…
Here's a reminder of his scintillating 2019/20 form 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/BJ4uaRaM9V
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 20, 2020
Kane was one of the top goalscorers of the 2018 World Cup and he plays the leading role of the English side, while Marcus Rashford was having the best season of his career at Manchester United before suffering a back injury. With these two players in good conditions next season, and accompanied by others like Raheem Sterling or Jadon Sancho, England has one of the scariest attacks in the world right now and they have to be taken very seriously in the near future.
Besides his offensive power, his defence is also impressive with Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire or Michael Kane working as a source of defensive safety.
Has Hazard’s misfortune ended?
At 29 years of age, the captain of the Belgian national team Eden Hazard has had one of the most frustrating seasons of his career since he arrived at Real Madrid for a hefty amount and with the responsibility of being one of the leaders of the club.
It turns out that a wave of injuries has been preventing him from asserting himself at the club from the Spanish capital and his presence on the EURO 2021 was inclusively at risk, with Belgium having one of the strongest squads in the world right now and they were also title contenders.
— Infinite Madrid (@InfiniteMadrid) March 19, 2020
The Netherlands also weren’t dissatisfied with the postponement
The Netherlands have been evolving a lot in the past couple of years with a new generation of highly promising talents. However, they would reach the EURO somewhat weakened on the attacking front without the influential goalscorer Memphis Depay and one of the new promises of Dutch football Steven Bergwijn.
The players who play for Lyon and Tottenham respectively are injured, with the youngest of the two, that recently joined the Premier League, being practically impossible to recover in time, while Depay still had his chances, but would be far from his best form.
Young dreamers recovered hope
Several young players also recovered their hopes of attending the next European championship. Nicolò Zaniolo, who’s only 20 years old, is one of the most talented Italian midfielders right now and he might be in conditions to contribute within a year, just like Marco Asensio for Spain or even Merih Demiral from Juventus that suffered an injury that would prevent him from playing for Turkey in 2020.
10 jogadores com lesões graves que agora podem ambicionar ir ao Euro 2021:
Ousman Dembélé 🇫🇷
Harry Kane 🏴
Ricardo Pereira 🇵🇹
Marco Asensio 🇪🇸
Memphis Depay 🇳🇱
Kevin Volland 🇩🇪
Niklas Sule 🇩🇪
— Betclic Portugal 🔞 (@BetclicPortugal) March 17, 2020
This set of 12 players mentioned here is only a portion of the players that might play on the competition in 2021, but that would hardly be able to do it in 2020. In any case, the ones mentioned here are the ones that seem to have more influence for their teams within a year.