Football

England face a tough run to the final.

Euro 2016 knockout phase confirmed

Published 1 Comments

Football News
24/7

The group stages of Euro 2016 are over and now the tournament begins in earnest.

We’ve had some incredible excitement - especially in the previous few evenings - and we now know the 16 countries that will compete in the knockout stages.

While the majority of groups went to plan, Group F sprung the biggest surprise with Hungary and Iceland progressing as the top-two sides ahead of Austria and Portugal.

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

And it’s certainly fair to say that the knockout rounds are lopsided in terms of quality.

Check out the bracket of the knockout phase below and you’ll see Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England all on the same side.

Article continues below

That leaves Belgium, Portugal and Croatia with an excellent chance of reaching the final.

It means Roy Hodgson’s decision to make six changes for their final group match against Slovakia is looking increasingly foolish. If they had managed to win that game - rather than draw 0-0 - they would replace Wales on the left side of the bracket and be facing Northern Ireland in the last-16 avoiding the bigger nations until the final.

But now, if they beat Iceland, they will likely face France in the quarter-finals before playing either Spain, Italy, Germany or Slovakia in the semi finals.

If the Three Lions are going to end 50 years of hurt, they’re going to do it the hard way.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Spain Football
Euro 2016
England Football
Italy Football
Football
Premier League
Portugal National Football Team

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again