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kick-off Is football coming home? Here are England's big rivals at Euro 2020

Euro 2020 kicks off in Italy and will end at Wembley on July 11th

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England's Harry Kane: Scott Heppell/PA Wire.

England's Harry Kane: Scott Heppell/PA Wire.

England's Harry Kane: Scott Heppell/PA Wire.

The delayed European Championship final will finally kick into gear on Friday and it promises to be the biggest festival of football to ever take place on this continent.

England have been installed as favourites to win the final at Wembley next month, but they will have strong competition from the continent's biggest hitters.

Here is your guide to the teams and the players to watch over the next month:

ENGLAND

World ranking: 4

After guiding England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, Gareth Southgate's talent-laden squad have the potential to end their nation's enduring wait for success on the international stage, but can they handle the pressure on home soil?

STAR MAN - Harry Kane

The Tottenham star is pushing for a big-money transfer this summer, but he can put that speculation on hold as he tries to guide his nation to glory.

FRANCE

World ranking: 2

Didier Deschamps and his star-studded side head into the tournament looking to add Euro 2020 glory to their World Cup win from three years ago.

Class oozes from every pocket of this France team, so Les Bleus are strong contenders to lift more silverware this summer.

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Soccer Football - International Friendly - France v Bulgaria - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - June 8, 2021 France's Kylian Mbappe shoots at goal REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Soccer Football - International Friendly - France v Bulgaria - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - June 8, 2021 France's Kylian Mbappe shoots at goal REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Soccer Football - International Friendly - France v Bulgaria - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - June 8, 2021 France's Kylian Mbappe shoots at goal REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

STAR MAN - Kylian Mbappe

Linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid, Mbappe will get a chance to cement his status as the world's most gifted rising star.

BELGIUM

World ranking: 1

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Belgium's 'golden generation' may be running out of time to add trophy silverware to their brilliance, and they need their star men to shine this summer.

Real Madrid's Eden Hazard and Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku will lead their charge, with coach Roberto Martinez needing to prove he can turn potential into success for Belgium.

STAR MAN - Romelu Lukaku

After firing Inter Milan to Serie A title glory this season, the former Chelsea and Manchester United star heads into the Euros in sparkling form.

SPAIN

World ranking: 6

Spain's era of dominance may be over, but coach Luis Enrique has rebuilt his side's authority and he will look to confirm as much when it matters most.

Enrique is only taking 24 players into the tournament rather than the 26 permitted as he doesn't want anyone in his camp who will have no chance of taking part.

STAR MAN - Thiago

After shining for Liverpool in the final weeks of the Premier League season, this midfield maestro is a man to watch at Euro 2020.

ITALY

World ranking: 7

Back in the mix for a major tournament after missing out on the 2018 World Cup, and they will open the tournament with a home game against Turkey in Rome on Friday.

Coach Roberto Mancini has transformed Italy over the last couple of years and they are currently on a 27-game unbeaten run.

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Italy coach Roberto Mancini during the press conference. Photo: UEFA via Reuters

Italy coach Roberto Mancini during the press conference. Photo: UEFA via Reuters

Italy coach Roberto Mancini during the press conference. Photo: UEFA via Reuters

STAR MAN - Jorginho

The Chelsea midfielder has emerged as a key man in Mancini's plan, with his leadership vital to their approach.

GERMANY

World ranking: 12

It is the end of the road for Germany coach Joachim Low, with Hansi Flick already confirmed as his replacement after Euro 2020.

Big questions hang over Die Mannschaft after so many problems in recent years, but they can never be written off.

STAR MAN - Thomas Muller

The Bayern Munich great is back in the Germany fold after being kicked out by Low in 2018, and he has a key role to play this summer.

PORTUGAL

World ranking: 5

Five years have passed since Portugal were crowned as European champions and, at last, they get their chance to defend the title.

Now they face the 'Group of Death' alongside France, Germany and Hungary in the opening phase of Euro 2020.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: Pedro Nunes

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: Pedro Nunes

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: Pedro Nunes

STAR MAN - Cristiano Ronaldo

At the age of 36, the ultimate icon of Portuguese sport will again carry the hopes of a nation on his suntanned shoulders, but he is heading into this tournament on the back of an uncertain season of form with Juventus.

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