For the first time in the UEFA European Championships’ history, the three home nations – England, Scotland and Wales – have qualified for the same tournament.
What is it?
UK bookmaker Coral assembled a panel of former international stars to preview the upcoming 2020 UEFA Euros tournament, which gets underway later this month.
Who is it?
Dave Stevens, PR at Coral
Alan Shearer, former England international
Ally McCoist, former Scottish international
Dean Saunders, former Wales international
What is being said?
Touching on Wales boss Ryan Giggs’ team selection, Saunders said: “It’s a totally different team – there’s hardly anybody left. There’s Bale, Ramsay, Chris Gunter, Wayne Hennessey and I think Joe Allen if he’s fit. But Ryan Giggs has sort of given the youngsters a chance. There’s no Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor doesn’t look like he’s going to be in the squad.
“He’s brought the youngsters through now and hopefully the pace and the enthusiasm can get us through these games because they come one after another. So, we’ve got a chance.”
Reminiscing about how he failed to represent Wales in a major tournament, former international Saunders continued: “The closest we came was against Romania for the World Cup in America. We had a penalty with five minutes to go and Paul Bodin was taking the penalty, and he scored every penalty he took for Swindon that season – Swindon who were in the Premier League or the First Division at the time. If it goes in, we’re through.
Gary Speed, who is no longer with us, was at the side of me and I said, ‘if he misses, it’s going to come off the bar’. We both followed in and the ball hit the underside of the bar and bounced over our heads as we were running in. We ended up not qualifying. All my career, if I’ve got one regret, it’s not playing in one of these tournaments.”
Discussing the favourites for the upcoming tournament, Shearer added: “Throughout my career, the Italians have always been difficult to beat and I don’t see that changing with the way they set up the way they can and will defend. Defensively they were the best I ever played against and I think that will be the case. They’ll set up and try and frustrate and they’ll be good at that. But I do see them getting through and that’s how they’ll make their mark by being tough to beat.”
Why should I watch it?
To hear the thoughts and predictions of some of the most decorated former footballers ahead of the 2020 UEFA European Championships.
Where can I see more?
Source: Coral YouTube Channel