You’ve changed your tune, Graeme! Souness is now backing England to win Euro 2020 after their thrilling win over Germany… just two weeks after he insisted ‘football ain’t coming home’ after 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley
- Graeme Souness had said ‘football ain’t coming home’ after Scotland draw
- But the former Liverpool captain and manager has since revised his assessment
- He said home advantage in six of England’s seven games may make a difference
- Souness stated their hard-to-beat gameplan means England could win Euros
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Published: 18:18 BST, 2 July 2021 | Updated: 01:28 BST, 3 July 2021
Graeme Souness has backed this England squad to write their name into the history books by winning Euro 2020, despite previously insisting ‘football ain’t coming home.’
England failed to impress in a drab 0-0 draw against Scotland in the group stages, leading Souness to question the side’s chances of winning the tournament, but has revised his assessment after an impressive 2-0 last-16 win against Germany.
And the former Liverpool captain and manager declared the momentum of not yet conceding a goal, home advantage in the semi-final and final (if they get there) and manager Gareth Southgate‘s gameplan gives them a great chance of winning the Euros.
Graeme Souness has now backed England to win the Euros after their victory vs Germany
ITV pundit Souness added that Gareth Southgate’s pragmatic approach ‘gets results’
He said: ‘I think they’re going to win it. I think the stars are aligned beautifully. Seven games, six of them at home.
‘You can look at this one coming up (Ukraine), obvious favourites, not they’ll definitely get through but I think they will. Next game against Denmark, which is not an easy game, Danes are always big, physical, aggressive – if it is Denmark.
‘Then the final, no matter who they play, at Wembley, at home, with the majority of the crowd and momentum, I see them winning it, I really do.’
He called England ‘obvious favourites’ for their quarter-final against Ukraine on Saturday
England face Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday evening, with Souness expectant of a Three Lions victory.
He added: ‘I’ve been critical of their style of play, it doesn’t get me on the edge of my seat.
‘But it’s pragmatic, it gets results and if they end up winning the tournament no one’s going to talk about their brand of football.
‘This organisation’s kindly got my son a couple of tickets for the games, he goes to the game with his England shirt on singing ‘football’s coming home’ so it’s hard at home as well at the moment!’