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How are England and Wales shaping up ahead of Euro 2020?

For Ryan Giggs’s Wales side, just being there is another fantastic achievement.

But after Chris Coleman took them all the way to the semi-final in their first-ever Euros, the Welsh fans will believe their side can make it through the group stages at least.

England have the home advantage for all three group matches, but face a tricky round of 16 tie against the winner/runner up of the group of death, including France, Germany and Portugal.

Should they progress through that, they could be back at Wembley if they make the semi-final and again in the final.

England manager Gareth Southgate

Preparations underway

The Three Lions qualified winning all but one match to secure their passage through to Euro 2020 as group winners.

Two of England’s key attackers, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, have continued their goalscoring form from last season.

Despite their club sides not being in as good a league position as last term, the pair have managed 17 goals between them in the Premier League, Gareth Southgate will be hoping they stay fit all season.

They linked up really well in qualifying, and were both potent in front of goal, contributing to 32 goals between them.

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Where 49-year-old Southgate does have a dilemma is in midfield. He has switched between Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley, Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Since Jose Mourinho has come in at Tottenham, Alli has rediscovered his goalscoring touch and notched four goals in five games under the Portuguese.

Dele Alli playing for England

James Maddison has done more than enough to earn a spot in the squad for the final tournament but has barely featured in the national team.

Another Leicester player, Jamie Vardy, is making even more headlines and has surely got to be tempting Southgate to try and ask the lethal striker to come out of retirement.

Vardy hung up his international boots last year and has scored in each of the Foxes last eight matches, chasing his own record of 11 straight games.

He could be a great substitute to bring on and torment tiring defenders, especially in the heat of constant tournament football.

They have now booked three friendly matches that take place as follows:

March 21: Italy (h)

March 31: Denmark (h)

June 2: Austria (a)

June 7: Romania (h)

Wales finished second in their qualifying group, and despite going into the final two match days in fourth spot, won their final two fixtures to clinch second spot.

After beating Azerbaijan away, they went into their winner-takes-all match against Hungary with the home crowd behind them, running out two-nil winners to make it to back-to-back European Championships.

Here’s a short round-up of how Ryan Giggs led his nation to their third major tournament.

Here are their pre-Euro 2020 friendlies:

March 27: Austria (h)

The FAW have so far only announced the one warm-up fixture for the Euros.

They play their first two group games in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, against Switzerland and Turkey respectively.

The third group match is against four-time World Cup winners Italy at their national stadium, Stadio Olimpico.

But Giggs told BBC Sport he is confident going into his first-ever tournament, and thinks his side are a ‘match for anyone’: “Logistically it’s Baku, Baku, Rome so… for us and the fans it’s much better… we’ve got experience of being in Baku, we know what it’s like.”

Southgate believes his side are one of the best teams at the finals, but has warned his players of complacency. He said: “The two teams that we know, we have had really good results against them and poor results. So it’s not a group we can be complacent about.”

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