Looking forward to watching the Euros. Disappointed that Scotland aren't there, we simply weren't good enough to get out of the group, but in some ways we can enjoy the Championships instead of watching our side struggle. Despite our side not being there I'm pleased that all other nations of Britain and Ireland are there - it makes a change from England being the sole representatives. I'm pleased for NI and Wales in particular, both not qualified for a long time, especially Wales, and the next few weeks will be a treat for their supporters and players. Great to see the likes of Bale at the finals, and NI are an example of a hard working team punching above their weight and are deservedly in France as they topped their group. They are hard to beat, I was at the last game they lost to Scotland over a year ago. On another note, it's grest to see Europe coming together inFrance, where security is very high but hopefully people will enjoy the next few weeks without the fear of attack.
In group A, I think France will win the group and possibly the tournament, they have one of the strongest teams in the finals and impressed at the World Cup so it'll be interesting to see if they deliver. Switzerland and Romania should be battling for second place, the Swiss probably the better team but Romania are hard to beat. Albania to finish bottom but it'll be interesting to see what they have to offer at their first appearance at a major international tournament.
Group B will be won by England, they have a good side but not outstanding. It'll be interesting to see how well they defend, what tactics they use - especially after failing at the World Cup. If they impress in these areas and their strikers perform then England could reach at least the last 8. The other three teams will be competing for the other 1/2 places in the next round. Slovakia are hard to beat and I think they'll finish second. I don't known much about the Russian team but I presume they'll be good enough to finish in the top 3. Wales are a decent team, but need to impress collectively and hope their star player Bale can perform if they have any chance to get out the group. I think they'll flatter to deceive but hopefully they can prove me wrong at their first Euros.
Germany have struggled since bevoming World Champions, which cost us a place at the Euros, but their still one of the best teams in the World and are contenders to win it. If they continue to underperformance then they could have their most disappointing tournament in years, but they should reach the last 8 at least. Ukraine and Poland will be tough competition for Germany. Poland impressed me in qualifying and are potential dark horses if their star striker petforms. Ukraine I don't know so much about but they are a tough team to best and dangerous on the counter attack. Northern Ireland are in some ways the definition of the word team. They don't have many stars, but they are well coached, got a good defence making them hard to beat and are capable of surprising but I suspect they'll finish bottom.
The Champions Spain are still a quality side and could still retain their title but they are not on the same level as they were 4-8 years ago. Croatia are a good team who could be dark horses but equally can flatter to deceive. Turkey and Czech Republic are decent teams but I think the Czechs are the better team and could do quite well.
Group E is interesting with Belgium being one of the best teams and favourites. They've improved a lot of the last few years from being an average team to one of the best with some excellent players. But question marks remain over the mentality and chemistry so they could be either a disappointment or a revelation. Italy, have got one of the most underwhelming squads in their history and could struggle but equally could surprise a few and perhaps win. Sweden are a decent team with an outstanding player in Inbrahimovic competing with Ireland for third. I feel Scotland should be at the euros instead of Ireland but they are resilient side and could do reasonably well.
The final group has Portugal who can underperformance at tournaments but they are a good team with an incredible player in Ronaldo. Given how open a tournament this is, Portugal gave a chance of winning. Austria are dark horses and it'll be interesting to see how they do. Iceland at their first finals, they've come a long way and I hope they do well as underdogs. Hungary have qualified for their first tournament in 30 years, I think they along with Iceland will be vying for third place.
I think France will win, but Germany, Spain are strong contenders aswell as Belgium, Portugal, England and Italy. Austria, Poland and Croatia are my dark horses.