Some of our staff and writers at TFF have shared their thoughts and predictions for the upcoming Euro 2016 competition. 

We surveyed 12 of our staff and decided to post the results, so you can see who we are all backing to be the stars of Euro 2016. This is part two of a series of posts, all of which will be up in the next few days.

[Click here to read part one!]

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Who will be the player of the tournament?

 

Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil & Antoine Griezman were all touted by our staff as potential players of the tournament. The former Manchester United player, Paul Pogba, was the most popular in our study to win this accolade. The Telegraph are even backing the Juventus star to prove his worth on the European stage, classing it a “safe bet” for Pogba to pick up the award at 10/1 (Source: The Telegraph).

One of the respondents in our survey who chose Pogba as the player of the tournament said that “He’s impressed massively over the past couple of years & was impressive in the last World Cup. I believe he’ll be pivotal to France’s success”.


Which player is one to watch (who won’t necessarily win player of the tournament)?

 

This question received mixed responses, with a long list of names suggested. N’Golo Kante & Kingsley Coman were the marginal favourites in this question. Both Frenchmen are participating in their first senior international tournament (Source: Wiki-KanteWiki-Coman).

Dele Alli, Payet, Aduriz, Martial & Joe Hart were the rest of the names suggested for this accolade. The respondent who suggested Dele Alli, had this to say about his chances “England have a young squad which is quite inexperienced at the top level. At the moment, the best young talent is Alli who has come to the fore for Tottenham this season and has been a shining light of their season. I think he will cope brilliantly with playing at this tournament and despite the fact that I do not feel he will win the player of the tournament trophy, I feel that his name will be stuck in the memories of countries from all around Europe as a result of his performances this summer”.

Could England win the Euros?

 

We asked this question before last night’s events against Russia, which saw Roy Hodgson’s men chuck away a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of their opening match. Interestingly England are still yet to win an opening match of the Euros in the final tournament stage (Source: Mirror).

Fo this question we closed the answers to a simple “Yes” and “No” answer. 66.7% believed that England could defy the odds and win the European Championships. One respondent believed that “They have a chance and they have one of the best squads. They will need a bit of luck but in recent friendlies, they have shown that on their day they can beat anyone”.

Meanwhile, one of the 33.3% who answered “No” to Englands chances of winning the Euros, thought that “Even though I do think that this England squad is the best we have seen for some years and it does have the potential to go far in this tournament. I do not think we can win it. I just think that in the end, in the big games at the back end of the tournament, the top sides, such as Germany and France, will have too much for us to contend with”.


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