Euro 2020: All 24 Qualified Nations - Ranked

Nov 19, 2020, 2:45 PM GMT
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Portugal are the reigning European champions | Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images
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Euro 2020 is fast approaching just a year behind schedule, and we now have our confirmed 24 finalists.

The tournament takes place across Europe from 11 June, with the showpiece final at Wembley on 11 July.

Let's take look at the 24 teams who have qualified, and rank them from weakest to strongest. Just cos..

24. North Macedonia

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North Macedonia made history by qualifying | VANO SHLAMOV/Getty Images

Group: C (Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria)

North Macedonia will be making their major tournament debut at Euro 2020 having qualified following a famous playoff victory over Georgia.

The side are ranked 65th in the world - behind Honduras, Burkina Faso and Qatar - and are captained by 37-year-old Champions League winner Goran Pandev.

It would be a bit of a shock if Pandev is hoisting the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft at Wembley next summer but stranger things hav-- actually no, they haven't.

23. Slovakia

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Slovakia beat Northern Ireland in the playoffs | Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Group: E (Spain, Sweden, Poland)

Slovakia qualified for just the Euros for just the second time in their history via an extra time playoff victory over Northern Ireland.

Midfielder Marek Hamsik has been his country's talisman for about 13 years - although Inter defender Milan Skriniar also offers Slovakia a splash of defensive quality. Slovakia suffered relegation to League C following a disappointing Nations League campaign.

22. Finland

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Finland are heading to their maiden major tournament | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Group: B (Denmark, Belgium, Russia)

Finland are also making their major tournament bow at Euro 2020 - having fallen at the qualification stage on a previous 32 occasions.

The Fins boast Norwich striker Teemu Pukki and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky - and while that is the makings of a relatively average five-aside team, it would be an Iceland-esque miracle if Finland progress from the group.

Mind you, they did end France's unbeaten run in a recent friendly...

21. Hungary

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Szoboszlai is one of Hungary's key players | Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Group: F (Portugal, France, Germany)

Hungary boast an illustrious footballing history - but this is just the second time the country have qualified for a major tournament in 34 years following their thrilling last gasp playoff victory over Iceland.

Exciting 20-year-old RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai will shoulder most of the nation's expectations. With Hungary topping their Nations League group to earn promotion to League A, they'll go into next summer's tournament in a confident run of form - but face a mammoth task to escape from their group with Portugal, France, Germany.

20. Scotland

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Scotland qualified for the Euros in dramatic fashion | Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Group: D (England, Croatia, Czech Republic)

Scotland boogied into their first major tournament in 22 years courtesy of two dramatic penalty shootout victories. Steve Clarke has worked wonders during his 20 months in charge, transforming Scotland into a well drilled unit with a winning mentality.

Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and Scott McTominay offer genuine quality and although they are supplemented by a relatively average ensemble, team unity and togetherness can go a long way in major tournament football - as demonstrated by Wales in 2016.

Group game number two against England at Wembley promises to be a cracker.

19. Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic had a strong Nations League campaign | VLASTIMIL VACEK/Getty Images

Group: D (England, Croatia, Scotland)

The Czech Republic were slightly unconvincing during qualification, finishing as runners up and conceding more goals than any other team who qualified automatically.

They however beat England thanks to a debut goal from 30-year-old forward Zdenek Ondrasek, and earned promotion to the top tier following a strong Nations League campaign.

18. Russia

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Russia were one of the top scoring sides in qualifying | OZAN KOSE/Getty Images

Group: B (Denmark, Belgium, Finland)

Russia made light work of qualifying, winning eight of their 10 games and scoring 33 goals in the process. They stuttered somewhat in the Nations League and were on the receiving end of a 5-0 hiding from a traditionally low-scoring Serbia in their final group game.

Artem Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk and Aleksandr Golovin will carry their biggest creative threat, while former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov is still going strong at 37 years young.

17. Turkey

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Turkey breezed through qualification | ANP Sport/Getty Images


Group: A (Italy, Wales, Switzerland)

With Juventus' Merih Demiral and Leicester's Caglar Soyuncu, Turkey are built on a solid defensive foundation. They had a strong qualifying campaign, conceding just three goals, only losing once and getting the better of France. They remain the last team to beat France in a competitive fixture.

However, Turkey had a dismal Nations League campaign and were relegated from League B after winning just one game. Which Turkey side will show up at the Euros?

16. Austria

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Austria comfortably progressed from a straight forward qualifying group | Christian Hofer/Getty Images

Group: C (Netherlands, Ukraine, North Macedonia)

Qualifying by finishing above European giants North Macedonia, Slovenia, Israel and Latvia is not the biggest achievement in football history - but you can only beat what's in front of you and all that.

But with exciting RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Marcel Sabitzer and Bayern Munich's ever dependable David Alaba, Austria have the makings of a decent side - and they topped their Nations League group to earn promotion to League A.

15. Wales

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Can Wales channel the spirit of 2016? | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Group: A (Italy, Turkey, Switzerland)

Can they do it again? Wales go into Euro 2020 hoping to emulate their exploits from the glorious semi final summer of 2016.

The format will still largely be the same, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey key. But the emergence of Dan James, Joe Rodon and Neco Williams offers a further sprinkling of quality, and who wouldn't love to see Kieffer Moore becoming 2021's answer to Hal Robson-Kanu?

14. Sweden

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Sweden were relegated in the Nations League | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Group: E (Spain, Poland, Slovakia)

Sweden will have realistic aims of escaping from a group that also includes Spain, Poland and Slovakia - but struggled to mix it with Europe's elite during their Nations League campaign as they suffered relegation from League A.

They lost five from six - but did beat Croatia in their penultimate group game - and lost just once during qualifying. Their 23 goals in qualification was more than any other second-place side.

13. Ukraine

Germany v Ukraine - UEFA Nations League
Ukraine have been hugely unpredictable | Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Group: C (Netherlands, Ukraine, North Macedonia)

Ukraine are impossible to predict and we're still unsure if they're good at football or not.

They went undefeated during qualification and topped their group ahead of Portugal, before embarking on a bizarre Nations League campaign where they beat Spain and lost 7-1 to France.

Managed by Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko, they boast West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko and Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko in their ranks.

12. Switzerland

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Shaqiri and Switzerland were the 2019 Nations League's surprise package | OZAN KOSE/Getty Images

Group: A (Italy, Wales, Turkey)

Switzerland find themselves in a tantalisingly group at the Euros, featuring Italy, Wales and Turkey - all four will have realistic ambitions of progressing to the knockout stages.

The 2019 Nations League semi-finalists are a stubborn, hard to beat outfit, and with Xherdan Shaqiri, Denis Zakaria and Granit Xhaka, they possess three players of real quality.

11. Poland

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Lewandowski has enjoyed a ridiculously good 2020 | ADAM NURKIEWICZ/Getty Images

Group: E (Spain, Sweden, Slovakia)

Poland breezed through their straightforward qualifying group, and have held their own in their top tier Nations League group with two wins, a draw against Italy and a pair of narrow defeats to the Netherlands.

In Robert Lewandowski they boast one of the most in form players in world football, and the Bayern Munich man is flanked by Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek to make a solid forward line.

10. Denmark

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Denamark are a solid defensive unit | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Group: B (Finland, Belgium, Russia)

Denmark came through qualification unbeaten and went into their final Nations League group game with a shot at qualifying for the semi finals.

With Kasper Schmeichel between the sticks, the Danes love a clean sheet, and with Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Yussuf Poulsen and Andreas Christensen, they are blessed with a very solid spine.

9. Croatia

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Modric was outstanding for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup | Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Group: D (England, Scotland, Czech Republic)

Croatia struggled in their top tier Nations League group, only avoiding relegation by the virtue of goal difference after losing five of their six matches.

It's effectively the same side that reached the World Cup final in 2018 but older; talisman Luka Modric remains as classy as ever, Ivan Perisic is still top drawer, while Mislav Orsic is a new addition to the squad after an impressive 2019/20 season with Dinamo Zagreb.

8. Germany

Germany v Ukraine - UEFA Nations League
Germany have a squad of world class talent | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Group: F (Hungary, Portugal, France)

Having flopped at the 2018 World Cup, Germany bounced back to saunter through qualifying with seven wins from eight. And they only needed to draw with Spain to progress to the Nations League semi finals in their final group game.

They only needed to draw.

They lost 6-0.

With Leroy Sane, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Manuel Neuer and co, this Germany team is world class. But something just isn't quite clicking at the moment.

7. The Netherlands

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The Netherlands are back after missing the 2018 World Cup | ANP Sport/Getty Images

Group: C (Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia)

The Netherlands are not the footballing powerhouse the once were, and have a very disjointed squad that boasts the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Donny van de Beek and Georginio Wijnaldum - in addition to a 33-year-old Ryan Babel.

Virgil van Dijk could be a doubt for the Euros following his potentially season ending knee injury - but recent draws with Spain and Italy suggest the Dutch can still compete with European football's elite.

6. England

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England have an exciting young side | Pool/Getty Images

Group: D (Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic)

England have one of their most young, exciting, talented teams in recent memory - so we all know how that usually pans out.

The Three Lions are spoilt for choice going forward with the blossoming Jack Grealish giving Gareth Southgate another selection headache. England are a bit light at the back and can struggle to break teams down who defend deep - but if a correct system is utilised and the spirit of 2018 is channelled, England could be right in contention to suffer another heart breaking semi-final exit.

5. Italy

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Italy have not lost since September 2018 | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Group: A (Turkey, Wales, Switzerland)

Italy have been quietly but confidently going about their business after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They topped their Euro 2020 qualification group with maximum points, qualified for the Nations League semi finals and are unbeaten in their last 22.

Midfielder Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne are sheer class - the Italians just need a quality centre forward. If Ciro Immobile can recapture his club form for his country, Italy will be a force to be reckoned with.

4. Portugal

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Portugal are the defending European champions | Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Group: F (Hungary, Germany, France)

Portugal lifted their maiden piece of silverware at Euro 2016 and go into Euro 2020 arguably with an even stronger side this time around.

They hit 22 goals in qualifying - but finished second to Ukraine - and were runners up in their top tier Nations League group. With Ruben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota and Joao Felix, this is no longer a side that has to be entirely reliant on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

3. Spain

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Spain humiliated Germany in their last outing | Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Group: E (Poland, Sweden, Slovakia)

Are Spain good or are Germany bad? The Spanish looked slick and unstoppable as they put Germany to the sword in their final Nations League group game to progress to the final four, having qualified unbeaten for Euro 2020.

Spain are not the side they once were - but few national teams will ever come close to that glorious 2008-2012 side.

Alvaro Morata appears to have found his groove again, Thiago Alcantara is among the best in the world, Ansu Fati, Mikel Oyarzabal and Ferran Torres are very exciting and Luis Enrique is back in the hot seat.

2. Belgium

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Will Belgium's golden generation win their maiden piece of silverware? | Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Group: B (Finland, Denmark, Russia)

Belgium were one of two teams to qualify for the Euros with a 100% record, and followed this up by progressing to the Nations League semi finals.

This crop of Belgian players have long been heralded as the golden generation and with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku reaching their peak, this could be one of their final shots at a major trophy.

Wouldn't it be great if they did it with former Wigan duo Roberto Martinez and Shaun Maloney in the dugout?

1. France

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World champions France still look the best in the world | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Group: F (Hungary, Portugal, Germany)

Despite losing to Finland, world champions France still look like the team to beat heading into Euro 2020 - and have not lost a competitive game since June 2019.

They are a stronger outfit than the team who finished runners up at Euro 2016, and with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, plus the emergence of starlets like Eduardo Camavinga and Marcus Thuram, France look the pick of the bunch ahead of next summer's tournament.

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