Five years ago, for the first time, the last edition of the European Championship (Euro 2016) in France witnessed a distinguished British invasion with the participation of three of the four teams of the United Kingdom, namely England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in addition to the participation of the Irish team, whose country gained independence from Britain in 1921.
The controversial matter is that the only British team that was absent from this anticipated European Championship was the Scottish team, whose country witnessed the first practice of the game of football.
And now, the Scottish team will participate in the highly anticipated edition, along with England and Wales, to complete the British participation.
With the exception of the England team, all of these teams benefited tremendously from the change in the size and system of the European Championship, with the number of teams participating in the finals increasing from 16 to 24 teams starting from the 2016 edition.
With this change, teams such as Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales and Scotland have increased chances of securing a place in the finals.
Wales is participating in the European Championship finals for the second time in its history, the second in a row, while the Scottish team will return to the finals after a long period of its previous participation in 1992 and 1996.
The England team faces an exciting challenge in the upcoming version of the European Championship, where the team needs to go far in the tournament, after reaching the semi-finals in the last World Cup in 2018 in Russia.
The England national team is among the strong candidates to compete for the Euro 2020 title, after it made a wonderful march in its qualifying group for the tournament, in which it won seven games and lost one game, and its players scored 37 goals in the eight matches and only conceded six times.
The England team, led by coach Gareth Southgate, relies on a team dominated by a young element, but many of its young elements have gained good experience in the past years, and some elements of experience stand by them.
Southgate aspires to return the “Three Lions” team to its prestigious position on the European football map by reaching the final rounds at least, after the team came out empty-handed, led by its former coach Roy Hodgson, from the second round (round of sixteen) at Euro 2016.
Many in the British capital, London, are waiting for the start of the Euro 2020 activities to follow and support their country, which will play its three matches in the first round of the tournament at the ancient Wembley Stadium in London.
The same stadium will host the semi-finals and finals of this tournament, which may motivate the Three Lions to reach far in this edition to enter the final stage at its home as well.
London fans in particular are waiting for the second match of the Euro 2020 team more than they waited for the first match, as the England team will meet in the second match its Scottish neighbors in a confrontation with a lot of excitement on June 18, while the England team will open its career in the tournament by facing the Croatian team on the 13th of same month.
On the other hand, the Welsh national team, England’s western neighbor, is still pinning its hopes on its famous star Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid player, who played in the past season for Tottenham Hotspur on loan from Real Madrid.
The left-footed star led the Welsh national team well to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and scored three goals in the tournament out of 33 goals, making him one of the most prominent scorers of the Welsh team throughout history.
Despite his defense of increasing the number of teams participating in the finals, the Scottish team failed to benefit from the extension of the size of the tournament and fell into the qualifying rounds for the last edition, to miss the representative of the country that most historians point out as the creator of the game.
When the team qualified for the expected version, it was through the narrow door and through the separating supplement.