Who will win Euro 2024? The favourites – ranked

Another summer filled with international tournament drama will soon be upon us.

While club football continues to edge towards closed-shop status, the international stage allows the hopes and dreams of underdogs to manifest once more. Greece and Portugal are unlikely winners of the Euros in the 21st century, while Morocco’s success at the 2022 World Cup shows unfancied nations can still shock the best on the planet.

All 24 nations competing in Germany next summer will harbour dreams of glory. Here’s how 90min ranks the favourites to win Euro 2024.

Euro 2024 tournament winners odds

The early backing before Euro 2024 has put three teams ahead of the rest in the running as favourites.

England have gone into international tournaments heavily backed in the past and it’s a similar story for Euro 2024, with Three Lions fans putting their money where their mouths are to make them the most fancied side to claim the silverware. With stars like Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane and Phil Foden all in stunning form, there’s more sense to the confidence this time around.

However, Gareth Southgate’s side will likely have to overcome one of France or Germany to be crowned champions of Europe. Les Bleus have shown they can perform on the biggest stage, though their squad is fairly different to the one that claimed the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Germany are now led by Julian Nagelsmann and an upturn in results means Die Mannschaft will be tough opponents on home soil for any budding winners.

Portugal have a ridiculously stacked squad and are due a decent run in an international tournament, while Spain will also been keen to avoid another major underperformance having struggled massively since their golden era in the early 2010s. Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium are all dark horses who could go far.


The favourites to win Euro 2024

15. Serbia

Hungary v Serbia: Group G - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers

Serbia are yet to perform on the big stage / Srdjan Stevanovic/GettyImages

With talents like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Dusan Tadic, Serbia were tipped for decent runs at the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

However, their stars failed to show up at both tournaments, winning only one of six games across their two group-stage exits.

Coached by former Yugoslavia midfielder Dragan Stojkovic, Serbia are competing in their first Euros as an independent nation having last appeared at the tournament as part of FR Yugoslavia in 2000.

Having flattered to deceive in recent years, they’ll be desperate to earn some scalps in Germany.

14. Turkey

Turkiye beat Latvia 4-0 to qualify for UEFA EURO 2024

Turkey will undoubtedly grab a few ‘dark horses’ claims / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Turkey were the unanimous dark horse heading into Euro 2020, but their campaign was an unmitigated disaster. They finished bottom of Group A having lost all three of their games.

Nevertheless, that won’t stop them from garnering more dark horse tags heading into Euro 2024. Turkey are playing some wonderful stuff under Vincenzo Montella and, given their sprinkling of stellar young talent, they may well enjoy a campaign akin to 2008 as opposed to 2020 this summer.

However, a 6-1 beatdown at the hands of Austria in March will raise a few concerns.

13. Hungary

Roland Sallai, Dominik Szoboszlai

Hungary will take on hosts Germany in Group A / Laszlo Szirtesi/GettyImages

Don’t sleep on the Magyars.

Hungary have struggled to produce a competitive football outfit since the 1980s, but this latest generation harbours hopes of making a splash in Germany this summer.

Led by Liverpool star Dominik Szoboszlai, Hungary were one of the first teams to book their place at Euro 2024 following an impressive qualifying campaign. They’re stubborn and aggressive, with their performance in the 2022/23 Nations League showing they not only compete with but beat Europe’s best.

Hungary have beaten Turkey and Serbia (twice) over the past year.

12. Austria

Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick has done an excellent job with Austria / Christian Hofer/GettyImages

Austria have been blessed with their most talented crop of players for generations, but they’ve constantly underperformed.

However, the national team has been invigorated by the appointment of Ralf Rangnick who, after a difficult start to his reign, oversaw Austria’s progression into Euro 2024. Rangnick has done an excellent job of building a connection with supporters and national team interest will doubtlessly peak during the tournament.

The ideals typically associated with the German have evolved Austria from a dull, insipid unit under Franco Foda into an exuberant one.

After failing to deliver on the big international stage at the last two Euros, Austria are well-placed to land a killer blow or two in Germany.

11. Switzerland

Ruben Vargas

Switzerland almost always progress into the knockout stages of major tournaments / David Balogh/GettyImages

Switzerland rarely enthral and it feels as if their team hasn’t changed in a decade, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll be competing in the knockout stages at Euro 2024.

The Swiss are typically well-drilled, but perhaps bereft of star power to enjoy a deep run. However, they’re certainly capable of producing a shock or two – as their performance at Euro 2020 depicted, knocking out world champions France on penalties.

Their knack for progressing into the knockouts will be tested given that they’ve been drawn into a tough Group A alongside hosts Germany, Hungary and Scotland.

10. Denmark


Denmark were semi-finalists at Euro 2020 / LISELOTTE SABROE/GettyImages

The Danes emerged as the story of Euro 2020, reaching the semi-finals of the competition against the odds after Christian Eriksen’s near-tragedy in Copenhagen.

That Denmark was built off shrewd out-of-possession ideals, efficiency in transition and an unbreakable collective. They arguably possess more talent heading into this Euros given the emergence of Rasmus Hojlund, although the squad hasn’t changed drastically.

Still, it’ll be a tough ask for Kasper Hjulmand’s men to repeat their Euro 2020 magic.

9. Croatia

Luka Modric

Luka Modric’s last dance / Pixsell/MB Media/GettyImages

Croatia have taught us time and time again not to write them off. They’ve almost constantly exceeded expectations, with their progression into the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup certainly not projected.

Their Golden Generation is winding down and this will surely be 38-year-old Luka Modric’s last dance. They’ve been placed into a tough Group B alongside Spain and Italy, with a third-place finish in their group setting up a round of 16 tie against one of the favourites.

8. Netherlands

Ronald Koeman

The Dutch are outsiders to win the tournament / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages

This is a stacked Netherlands squad in defence and midfield and the Dutch performed pretty well under Louis van Gaal in Qatar.

However, questions over their number one and primary goal-getter means the one-tine winners should not be considered among the favourities. Ronald Koeman might hold them back somewhat, too.

7. Italy

Luciano Spalletti

Luciano Spalletti will lead Italy this summer / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

The holders will defend their crown after qualifying alongside England.

Roberto Mancini, who led Italy to Euro 2020 glory, has been succeeded by Napoli’s Scudetto-winning boss Luciano Spalletti and the current incumbent will be aiming to re-install the ideals that defined the peak of Mancini’s reign.

The Italians have drifted into a new era following the retirements of stalwart defenders since their triumph at Wembley and they should be considered outsiders to retain their crown in Germany.

6. Belgium

Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans

Belgium are heading into a new era / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

Many foreshadowed Belgium’s demise at the 2022 World Cup which brought an end to Roberto Martinez’s tenure.

While some of the ‘golden generation’ remain, Domenico Tedesco is trying to lead the Red Devils into an exciting new era. The early results have been promising, but success in Germany next summer is probably beyond them.

Tedesco will be hoping for a quarter-final berth.

5. Spain

Alvaro Morata

Spain were semi-finalists at Euro 2020 / Florencia Tan Jun/GettyImages

Spain shook off their defeat in Glasgow to qualify for Euro 2024 as the top dogs in Group A.

They were excellent at Euro 2020 under Luis Enrique and were unfortunate to succumb on penalties in the last four. However, a disappointing World Cup campaign saw Enrique leave his post and Luis de la Fuente will instead lead La Furia Roja into battle this summer.

Spain have the capacity to dominate and manipulate opponents, but their ability in both boxes could let them down in crunch time.

4. Germany

Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann succeeded Hansi Flick as Germany manager / Markus Gilliar – GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Germany were very fortunate their status as hosts made sure of their qualification. 2023 was nothing short of a disaster for Die Mannschaft after underwhelming in Qatar.

However, Germany have since moved on and are hoping for greater prosperity with Julian Nagelsmann at the helm. The former Bayern Munich coach has a mightily talented cohort of players in midfield – which has been bolstered by Toni Kroos’ return – and they’ll undoubtedly be galvanised by their home support.

Their results in March suggest the hosts are on the right track heading into the tournament.

3. Portugal

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Portugal - EURO 2024

Portugal impressed in qualifying and have a incredibly talented squad / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

From a talent perspective, Portugal can compete against anyone in the world. Their squad is laden with stars across the board and they’ll enter Euro 2024 as one of the favourites.

Roberto Martinez has succeeded Fernando Santos at the helm, with the new manager quickly going about maximising the talent the Portuguese possess.

They’ll be there or thereabouts this summer and will benefit from a kind group stage draw.

2. England

Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Harry Kane

England have a great chance of going all the way / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

England could head to a major tournament as the favourites for the first time in, well, forever.

The Three Lions have re-emerged as a legitimate force following years of underachievement, with Gareth Southgate’s caution ensuring they’re well-built to win tournament matches. This is an England side that’s now so familiar with one another and the group Southgate’s cultivated is more than capable of going all the way in Germany.

However, this England outfit are yet to get it done when it matters most and, until they do, they can’t be considered the ultimate favourites.

1. France

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann

France qualified for the tournament with a spotless record / Xavier Laine/GettyImages

The 2018 World Cup winners came within a penalty shootout of going back-to-back in Qatar. While their Euro 2020 campaign was compromised by disharmony, Didier Deschamps, like Southgate, now has a squad that simply loves playing with one another.

France stormed through qualifying and look like a nation on a mission to claim their first European title since 2000 this summer.

They’re blessed with arguably the world’s best in Kylian Mbappe, while Deschamps’ knack for getting it right on the big night shouldn’t be overlooked.

Source: 90mins

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