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Euro 2016 views and in depth coverage as France and co. seek glory

How will your country get on at Euro 2016? Our country bloggers have a quick say on their country's hopes, with an in depth preview available by clicking on each country. 

Group A

FRANCE: Hosts France are expected to enjoy a deep run in their home tournament and despite a number of absentees, Les Bleus still boast plenty of talent. -- Jonathan Johnson

ROMANIA: There's hope among supporters that Romania can exceed expectations and qualify for the round of 16. -- Emanuel Rosu

ALBANIA: Albania travel to France unburdened by the weight of expectation, harbouring real belief that with the requisite amount of concentration and execution, they could reach the knockout phase. -- Maher Mezahi

SWITZERLAND: The Swiss have their sights on getting past the group stage and anything beyond that will be a bonus. -- Brian Homewood

Group B

ENGLAND: Potentially the most entertaining England team to watch in decades, largely due to a good amount of fine, young attacking talent but also a defence about as stable as a house made of twigs in typhoon country. -- Nick Miller

RUSSIA: Russia will enjoy the change of atmosphere and would love to dream of repeating their Euro 2008 semifinal fairytale, but also understand that such a scenario is very unlikely. -- Michael Yokhin

WALES: Unilaterally perceived to be Gareth Bale plus the rest, but it is in "the rest" that Wales true strength lies -- a collective team spirit and will to do it all for each other; together stronger. -- Glen Wilson

SLOVAKIA: After several impressive results, including a 3-1 win against Germany in a recent friendly, Slovakia have big expectations and hope to advance into the round of 16 at least. -- Lukas Vrablik

Group C

GERMANY: The 2014 World Cup winners want to follow in Spain's footsteps and take the continental crown as well, but it's not going to be easy. -- Stephan Uersfeld

UKRAINE: Reaching the knockout stage has always been Ukraine's main expectation and hope, regardless of whether it is at the World Cup or Euros -- and the aim is no different this time. -- Alex Sereda

POLAND: Many believe the current squad is Poland's strongest in over a quarter of a century, however they have a tough task ahead in order to prove it. -- Ryan Hubbard

NORTHERN IRELAND: Incredible excitement accompanied with realistic expectations, although advancing to the round of 16 is a distinct possibility. -- Julian Taylor

Group D

SPAIN: Winners of the last two Euro titles but in a transition period, Spain will try to reach the final stages of the tournament with a blended team of old and new faces, and a huge question mark at the centre-forward position. -- Ed Alvarez

CZECH REPUBLIC: The Czech Republic's attacking game will please the eye and could make them a crowd favourite, but their inconsistency means they're unlikely to make a deep run in the tournament. -- Kirsten Schlewitz

CROATIA: The squad has more than enough individual quality to make the round of 16 at the very least, but doubts over manager's credentials and his ability to keep the dressing room in check remain a big stumbling block. -- Alex Holiga

TURKEY: Turkey have reached the semifinals in the previous two major tournaments they have qualified for and with arguably their strongest ever side, they could repeat a similar feat. -- Eren Sarigul

Group E

BELGIUM: The Red Devils have hardly progressed since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but they have sufficient quality to make an impact at Euro 2016. -- John Chapman

ITALY: It is difficult to believe that Antonio Conte's Italy can defy critics and progress far in the competition, considering the team is nothing more than a hardworking unit lacking star quality. -- Mina Rzouki

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Perhaps the hardest team in the tournament to pin down in terms of expectations and hopes, such is the chasm between their best and their worst. -- EwanMacKenna

SWEDEN: Sweden will be hoping to reach the knockout stage at the Euros for the first time since 2004, but may be too much of a one-man team to go really deep in the tournament. -- Mattias Karen

Group F

PORTUGAL: With a good mix of youth and experience and coming on the back of a seven-win run in competitive play, Portugal will surprise many with a positive performance at Euro 2016. -- Tom Kundert

ICELAND: Realistic Icelandic fans expect the team to be eliminated at the group stage but dream of a place in the round of 16. -- Vidir Sigurdsson

AUSTRIA: The focus is on putting in some good performances in a tournament that could have positive knock-on effects. -- Marco Stein

HUNGARY: The squad contains a strong sense of togetherness and a real hunger to perform, which gives Hungarians hope a surprise or two may be in the offing. -- Tomasz Mortimer


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