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Thursday, 8 June, 2000, 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK
French catch BBC eye
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France were clear favourites among the pundits
BBC presenters, pundits and commentators predict who will win Euro 2000 and how far England will go.



John Inverdale
John Inverdale
Presenter

I think France will win on the basis that they have the bulk of their World Cup winning team and more potency up front.

I think they are potentially better than they were in 1998 when they won the World Cup despite almost not having any strikers and I think Euro 2000 will see Thierry Henry makes his mark as one of the great players in the world.

With England I am wavering between thinking they may get to the final and not making it through qualifying.

They are prone to making fundamental errors at the back and there is the possibility they will concede at least one goal a game which means they will have to score two goals to win their matches, and I am not convinced they are going to do that.



John Motson
John Motson
Commentator

Holland look a very strong outfit man-for-man and although manager Frank Rijkaard has had a bumpy ride since he took over, I fancy them to do very well in this tournament and that's why they're my hot favourites to go on and win the competition.

I predict England to qualify from the group stage with Germany, beat Italy in the quarter-finals but lose out to Spain in the last four.



Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker
Presenter

I think Holland and Belgium have a big home advantage and of the other teams, France will be the team to beat this summer. They have retained the squad which won the World Cup in 1998 and have now added to the team the one thing that they were missing at the last World Cup, a goalscorer.

If England reproduce the form we showed against the Ukraine, we have an outside chance but no more.



Alan Hansen
Alan Hansen
Pundit

Holland are at home and the teams playing in their own back yard are always among the favourites. Their players are formidable, though I don't think they always do themelves justice at the major championships. But I'd still say you've got to fancy them - not many teams would relish playing them,

Everyone in this country will obviously be looking for England to go all the way, but I feel the best they can produce is reaching the quarter-finals or semi-finals.



Dominik Diamond
Dominik Diamond
Presenter

I'll be putting my money on Norway. They've only lost three out of their last 27 games and beat Italy in a friendly match last week. They've got a rock solid defence, and in Solskjaer and Flo, the best strike partnership in the tournament.

France would be my other favourites - after all, they beat mighty Scotland a couple of months back. England won't win a game - they couldn't even beat Malta. Their defence is shocking and I could see them getting thumped.



Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall
Commentator

France will beat Holland in the final - but Italy and Spain could also do well.

Pragmatic England might get to the quarter-finals, and only then if they get the right result against Portugal.

Yugoslavia or the Czech Republic could be the dark horses but France are the side I am going for.

Anelka is back in the fold and they look mighty. And then there is Lizarazu, Desailly...oh all that flair in the team and they are in such wonderful, beautiful form.



Roddy Forsyth
Roddy Forsyth
Commentator

I think France will become the first reigning world champions to win the European Championships.

They are strong at the back and potent in attack - I think Sylvain Wiltord could make a big impact for them.

They also have the ability to create from midfield - Zidane is not the player he once was, but he's a big tournament player.

The Dutch would be my bet to get to the final with France, but they've drawn 15 of their last 16 friendlies, and it's difficult to change a habit like that.

I can see England getting to the semis, but not winning the tournament. They are very vulnerable down the left side England and I don't think Kevin Keegan knows his best formation or team at the moment.


Jon Champion
Commentator

I'll go for Holland to beat France in the final. Being the host nation always counts a fair bit and they have a number of players reaching their peak at the same time.

I don't think there is any of the in-fighting they had when there were stronger characters like Cruyff and Gullit and there is a general respect for the coach Frank Rijkaard who achieved so much as a player.

England's group is the most difficult to predict. They could either sail through or all lose three matches. At their best they can reach the final but they are not at their best as often as we like?


John Murray
Commentator

France are my hot favourites, because they have got the strongest squad going to Euro 2000.

They possess striking power, with Henry, Trezeuguet and Anelka all in fine form, and most of their players have the experience of having won the World Cup.

And France isn't too far away from Holland and Belgium, which means a lot of their supporters can come over the border to cheer them on.

England are a bit of an unknown quantity. They could flop or do very well. A lot depends on Shearer, and whether he can start knocking the goals in like he did at Euro '96, and the solidity of the defence.

I think they will get through their group and then maybe to the quarter or semi-finals, but I don't think they have the strength to win the whole thing.

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See also:

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Watch out for Holland and France
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