Soon to kick off in only a matter of weeks after a long and congested domestic season. The Euros is a year late but brings about the welcome prospect of a summer packed full of international football.
For many Euro 2021 betting is already underway with avid football fans looking back to their favourites to win. In the spirit of getting into the Euros we take a look at which familiar faces from the football league pyramid could be gracing our screens this summer.
Outside of the top first flight leagues around Europe, the Championship remains one of the best represented domestic competitions at the Euros this summer. This itself is a sign of just how strong English football remains in comparison to its foremost counterparts on the continent and even further afield.
Unsurprisingly, the British contingent from Scotland and Wales provide the most players from across England’s football tiers, but a span of players from over half of the total competing nations from Finland to Hungary and Sweden to Slovakia show just how international English football outside of the Premier League has become.
Just recently earning promotion back to the top flight after a season back in the Championship, Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki can count a number of his Finland compatriots listed among the provisional squads for the Euros. Outside of Scotland and Wales this makes Finland one of the biggest nations with players who currently call England home.
Other familiar faces who have just earned promotion from the Championship alongside Pukki are teammate and Scotland defender Grant Hanley and defensive stalwart Sweden’s Pontus Jansson who will be playing Premier League football with Brentford next season.
Those players moving the other way back down to the Championship who will be hoping to turn out for their teams in the Euros are the likes of former Manchester United academy graduate and West Brom first choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who has been named in the provisional England squad.
Including Johnstone, West Brom currently have midfielder Okay Yokuşlu who will be representing a much vaunted Turkey side, as well as recently released Polish winger Kamil Grosicki, who has turned out at the last two consecutive Euros for his country.
Packed to the rafters with football league representatives are a Wales side who will be hoping to make their mark once more. Almost half of the Welsh back line currently calls either the Championship or League One home.
The likes of Chris Mepham at Bournemouth, Chris Gunter at Charlton and Rhys Norrington-Davies of Sheffield United are all listed in the provisional Welsh squad alongside Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen, Luton Town’s Joe Morrel, and forward man Cardiff City’s Kieffer Moore.
Wales will be looking to channel the same energy that saw them reach the semi finals at Euro 2016 five years ago. Currently placed in Group A alongside Italy, Switzerland and Turkey in a tight group with every match covered exclusively by Euro 2021 betting tips.
Although the likes of Scotland, Finland and Wales are currently rank outsiders there will be plenty of familiar faces hoping to make an impression on the international stage of the course of Euro 2021 this June and July. With the top two countries making it through to the knockout stages followed by a spate of the best third place finishers, it could be a long summer for some football league players.