Euro 2020: Who will win the trophy, the Golden Shoe and become the breakthrough star?

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The excitement increases. Teams make their final preparations. Euro 2020 is finally just a day away.

Turkey and Italy start the tournament on Friday night before the Home Nations get involved, with Wales on Saturday against Switzerland, England taking revenge against Croatia on Sunday and Scotland returning to host the Czech Republic the following day.

Here, Sportsmails experts share their thoughts on the big talking points ahead of the curtain-raiser in Rome, including who will seal the glory, who will claim the Golden Boot, as well as the surprise package and which starlet to watch…

Portugal will try to keep the European Championship after winning five years ago

Portugal will try to keep the European Championship after winning five years ago

KIERAN GILL

Winner

Italy. I know they aren’t favorites, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Roberto Mancini is going to pull something out this summer. They won all 10 of their Euro 2020 qualifiers, conceding just four goals.

They won their two warm-ups 7-0 and 4-0 (I know, I know, one of them was against San Marino, but the other was against the Czech Republic, which aren’t too bad). So I’m going to Italy.

Top scorer

Kylian Mbappe. This could be the tournament where he officially says the debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world is over – because it’s this French superstar.

French striker Kylian Mbappé will compete for the Golden Boot of the tournament

French striker Kylian Mbappé will compete for the Golden Boot of the tournament

French striker Kylian Mbappé will compete for the Golden Boot of the tournament

Surprise package

Scotland. I see the Scots rocking Hampden Park positively for their matches against Croatia and the Czech Republic and that they are from Group D. They can make it a tournament to remember, like Wales in 2016.

Young player to watch

The first name that came to mind was Jude Bellingham. I can’t wait to see this 17 year old fly.

TOM COLLOMOSSE

Winner

Portugal. They have all bases covered and as long as they escape a ruthless group that also includes France and Germany, they have everything it takes to keep their trophy.

Top scorer

Antoine Griezmann. A difficult period at Barcelona should not cloud his interest for world champions France. He was a key figure at both the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup and has a lot of miles on the clock at the age of 30.

Surprise package

Turkey. Anything can happen when the 2002 World Cup semi-finalists play, but they have the quality to do some damage in an open group that also includes Italy, Wales and Switzerland. Zeki Celik, Yusuf Yazici and Burak Yilmaz should be confident after helping Lille to the French title.

Turkey has the quality to do some damage in an open group with Italy, Wales and Switzerland

Turkey has the quality to do some damage in an open group with Italy, Wales and Switzerland

Turkey has the quality to do some damage in an open group with Italy, Wales and Switzerland

Young player to watch

Pedro. Though he won’t be turning 19 until November, Pedri already looks like a true Andres Iniesta-style Barcelona midfielder.

Despite his age, it was no surprise that he was named in Luis Enrique’s latest roster and looks perfect for a role in a three-man midfield. Pedri was already a star in the making, but this tournament could take him to a new level.

MATTE BARLOW

Winner

France. Strong squad with depth and balance, and experience at the sharp end of tournament football.

Top scorer

Romelu Lukaku. At a peak after he shot Inter to the title, in a creative team licensed to attack under Roberto Martinez.

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is on a high after shooting Inter to the title and in a creative team

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is on a high after shooting Inter to the title and in a creative team

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is over the moon after shooting Inter to the title and in a creative team

Surprise package

Denmark. Cohesive, in good shape with a touch of quality and home advantage.

Young player to watch

Judas Bellingham. He has progressed smoothly to international level and looks better with every match.

DANIEL MATTHEWS

Winner

France. Provided they avoid an early misstep in their group of death, Didier Deschamps side will stop for a while.

They are blessed with experience and quality across the field, not least on offense, where Karim Benzema’s return completes a ludicrous front three alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Didier Deschamps' world champion France will retire from Euro 2020 this summer

Didier Deschamps' world champion France will retire from Euro 2020 this summer

Didier Deschamps’ world champion France will retire from Euro 2020 this summer

Top scorer

lukaku. Playing both Denmark and Russia in their own backyards isn’t ideal for Belgium, but you would still expect Roberto Martinez’s side to win Group B at a gallop.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if they ended up with nine points and a lead in the scoresheets. Lukaku finished second to Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A Golden Boot race this year – can the 28-year-old turn the tables this summer?

Surprise package

Denmark. A backbone well known to fans of English football, this summer will give Denmark a decent platform to ruffle some feathers.

Schmeichel, Christensen, Hojbjerg, Eriksen and Co will cherish their chances of escaping Group B, where they could face a highly winnable last-16 draw.

Young player to watch

Alexander Isaac. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow will no doubt loom large over Sweden after an injury curtailed his comeback. Fellow forward Isak has already had to bear the brunt of comparisons with the nation’s best player ever.

But the 21-year-old has the quality to write his own history. The pair bonded well during a brief partnership and now, even without Ibrahimovic, Isak’s explosive pace, neat feet and finishing can propel Sweden to the knockout stages.

Swede Alexander Isak has the quality to write his own history without Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Swede Alexander Isak has the quality to write his own history without Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Swede Alexander Isak has the quality to write his own history without Zlatan Ibrahimovic

CRAIG HOPE

Winner

Portugal. The defending champion has a team that is much better than the team that won in France five years ago. How can you not fancy a front line with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Joao Felix? And don’t forget Ruben Dias in the back either.

They have a tough group, yes, but that level of opposition will only sharpen them to get into the last 16, where there’s a good chance they can meet – and beat – England at Wembley.

Top scorer

Diogo Jota. It depends on whether he wins a start for Andre Silva, but I’m excited in Portugal to go all out. If the Liverpool man plays, with that supporting cast, he won’t be short of opportunities.

When Diogo Jota from Portugal plays, he gets opportunities through a great creative line-up

When Diogo Jota from Portugal plays, he gets opportunities through a great creative line-up

When Diogo Jota from Portugal plays, he gets opportunities through a great creative line-up

Surprise package

Scotland. Forget all the cliche talk of ghost and the Tartan army going into battle, this team has real quality and a clear identity under Steve Clarke.

I am confident they will make it to the knockout rounds for the first time in their history and, as they proved in a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands last week, they can supposedly upset more powerful opponents. I support them to at least reach the quarterfinals.

Young player to watch

Judas Bellingham. If I have one wish for England, it is for the 17-year-old to start the tournament. Some of the things he can do defy the logic of his early years, and it’s not like he’s a winger showing a strange flash of talent – he’s in charge of games from the middle of the park.

The Scotland team has real quality and a clear identity under manager Steve Clarke

The Scotland team has real quality and a clear identity under manager Steve Clarke

The Scotland team has real quality and a clear identity under manager Steve Clarke

ADRIAN KAJUMBA

Winner

France. Reigning World Champion with terrifying depth and even stronger than last tournament after Karim Benzema’s recall.

Top scorer

lukaku. Determined, for all the right reasons, striker entering the tournament in the form of his career after shooting Inter to the Italian title.

Surprise package

North Macedonia. Debutants they may be, but North Macedonia is arriving in good shape, including a historic win over Germany in March, has a group they think can get out and has an exciting youngster to keep an eye on in Elif Elmas.

Young player to watch

Judas Bellingham. Has shown maturity over his years by adapting easily to every step and has the ability to influence games that ultimately make him too good not to choose.

Jude Bellingham has shown more than his years of maturity by easily adapting to each step up

Jude Bellingham has shown more than his years of maturity by easily adapting to each step up

Jude Bellingham has shown more than his years of maturity by easily adapting to each step up

OLIVER TODD

Winner

Germany. Yes, they lost 6-0 to Spain in November, but this German team has a lot of emerging quality and experience in big tournaments in the men that Joachim Low has brought back.

It is clear that world champions France are the favourites, but the Germans can be helped by the fact that they can only play Les Bleus again in the final after meeting in their opening match. If Timo Werner can find form (a big ‘if’), they become dangerous.

Top scorer

Harry Kane. England may not go all the way, but group matches against Scotland and the Czech Republic should give Kane a chance to fill his (golden) shoes. Especially with the creative talent England has at their disposal to supply him.

Surprise package

Denmark. Playing at home in Copenhagen will be a blessing for the Danes in a group that includes Belgium, Russia and Finland. There is experience in the form of Kasper Schmeichel and Simon Kjaer, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Andreas Christensen have had great club seasons. And I support Christian Eriksen to appear on this podium after a corner of form at Inter Milan.

Young player to watch

Ryan Gravenberch, 19, is the next big talent from the Netherlands with a host of Premier League clubs watching. 6ft 3in high in midfield, great with both feet. He will impress even when it’s off the couch. And with Mino Raiola as his agent, a transfer drama is definitely just around the corner.

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