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'Game But Limited' - The Guardian Ranks All The Euro 2016 Contenders

'Game But Limited' - The Guardian Ranks All The Euro 2016 Contenders
By Conor Neville
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Esteemed football writer Jonathan Wilson has given his verdict on all 24 of the Euro 2016 contenders, ranking them in order of quality.

France sit at the top, partly on the grounds that they have won the previous two tournaments they hosted, in 1984 and 1998.

Germany slipped to third behind Spain thanks to a faltering qualifying campaign by their usually metronomic standards. The defeats to the Republic of Ireland and Poland were cited as reasons for their drop.

England, meanwhile, are sitting in the lofty heights of sixth, though Wilson insists he is cognisant of their limitations.

So, where did Ireland come?


Wilson is of the view that there are four worse teams than the Republic of Ireland coming out of the hat this weekend, one of whom are our neighbours to the north.

Here's his notice on the Ireland team. It's a verdict that should not surprise us.


Limited but game. They lack creativity and quality but Martin O'Neill has organised them and imbued them with a spirit that makes them hard to beat.

The North have been plonked in 21st, praising them for their remarkable achievement in qualifying, highlighting their 'solid defence and inspired goalscorer'.

Romania, the team who finished runners-up to Northern Ireland in qualifying, were adjudged the worst team in Euro 2016, behind even Albania.


[The Guardian]

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