EURO 2016: PLAYER’S PREDICTIONS

With the European Championships kicking off tomorrow night, ElWriteBack speaks to a number of professional footballers as they predict things such as their nations finishing position, the tournament’s golden boot winner and the overall champions of Europe.

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UEFA Euro 2016

Anel Ahmedhodzic – Sweden – Nottingham Forest

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Anel Ahmedhodzic

My starting Sweden XI (4-4-1-1)

Carlgren

Lustig – Jansson – Johansson – Olsson

Durmaz – Kallstrom – Lewicki – Forsberg

Ibrahimović

Guidetti

Who will be your best player?

Zlatan Ibrahimović.

How will your country do at the competition?

We will reach the final.

Who will win the competition?

France.

Who will be the competition’s top scorer?

Who else other than Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Who will win the golden glove award?

Manuel Neuer.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Dimitri Payet.

Roger Riera – Spain – Celta Vigo

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Roger Riera

My starting Spain XI

I don’t know who will be in the starting XI as it’s difficult to know because Spain has a great squad.

Who will be your best player?

I think that Sergio Busquets will be the best Spanish player at this Euro competition.

How will your country do at the competition?

Hopefully they will reach the final and they will win it.

Who will win the competition?

Spain.

Who will be the competition’s top scorer?

Thomas Müller. 

Who will win the golden glove award?

Gianluigi Buffon.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Thomas Müller.

Daryl Fordyce – Northern Ireland – FC Edmonton

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Former Northern Ireland U21, Daryl Fordyce (right) against New York Cosmos’ Niko Kranjčar.

My starting Northern Ireland XI (3-5-2 formation as Chris Brunt is injured.)

McGovern

Cathcart – McCauley – Evans

McGlaughlin – Norwood – McNair – Davis – Dallas

Lafferty – Ward

Who will be your best player?

Steven Davis.

How will your country do at the competition?

I believe we can make it to the quarter finals.

Who will win the competition?

I’m going to say Germany will win it.

Who will be the competition’s top scorer?

Thomas Müller.

Who will win the golden glove award?

Manuel Neuer.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Paul Pogba.

Ryan Scully – Republic of Ireland – Partick Thistle

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Ryan Scully

My starting Republic of Ireland XI (4-4-2)

Randolph

Coleman – O’Shea – Duffy – Brady

Whelan – McCarthy – Hendriks – Hoolahan

Walters – Long

Who will be your best player?

Shane Long is our best player.

How will your country do at the competition?

Hopefully we will scrape out of the group stages but I think we will be knocked out the round after that.

Who will win the competition?

France.

Who will be the competition’s top scorer?

Harry Kane.

Who will win the golden glove award?

Manuel Neuer.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Paul Pogba.

Adam Crookes – England – Nottingham Forest

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Adam Crookes

My starting England XI (4-1-2-1-2)

Hart

Walker – Smalling – Cahill – Rose

Dier

Wilshere – Alli

Rooney

Vardy – Kane

Who will be your best player?

Dele Alli or Kyle Walker.

How will your country do at the competition?

We’ll reach the semi finals.

Who will win the competition?

France.

Who will be the competition’s top scorer?

Antoine Griezmann.

 Who will win the golden glove award?

Manuel Neuer.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Dimitri Payet.

Paul Farman – England – Lincoln City

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Paul Farman – Photo Credit: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle/FA

My starting England XI (4-3-1-2)

Hart

Walker – Smalling – Cahill – Rose

Alli – Dier – Barkley

Rooney

Vardy – Kane

Who will be your best player?

It all depends on what Hodgson plays, but for me it could be Kane or Vardy.

How will your country do at the competition?

Well I think they will win the group. I’d like to think they can go all the way but that’s wishful thinking isn’t it.

Who will win the competition?

Spain but obviously I will say England too.

Who will be the competition’s top scorer?

Thomas Müller.

Who will win the golden glove award?

Iker Casillas or David De Gea.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Paul Pogba has been on form this year so he could shine.

Henrich Ravas – Slovakia – Derby County

Henrich Ravas

Henrich Ravas

My starting Slovakia XI (4-2-3-1)

Kozáčik

Pekarík – Škrtel – Ďurica- Hubočan

Kucka -Hrošovský

Duda – Hamšík – Weiss

Ďuriš

Who will be your best player?

Marek Hamšík will be our best player.

How will your country do at the competition?

Hopefully we will get out of the group stage and anything after is a bonus.

Who will win the competition?

France.

Who will be the competition’s top scorer?

Thomas Müller.

Who will win the golden glove award?

David De Gea or Manuel Neuer if De Gea doesn’t play.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Paul Pogba.

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