The Euro 2020 was supposed to have commenced last week, but players will have to wait for another year to witness the most glorious event in European football. Some players see this postponement as a benefit to their part as times of delay can help them improve and recover from injury woes. Here are the top players to benefit to benefit from the Euro 2020 postponement:
Harry Kane (England)
England captain Harry Kane is the top goalscorer during the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with his 12 goals. Early this year, he was sidelined due to injury in a Premier League match. Kane tore his hamstring and expected to miss the entire domestic league season. He a major doubt for the Three Lions until the tournament was declared postponed.
Although he won’t be able to play for his club, Tottenham Hotspur in the England top-flight’s return this week, Kane will have all the time to recover for the next season and be fully match-fit than before for the Euros next year. He aims to clinch another Golden Boot following his stellar performance at the 2018 World Cup that won by France
Phil Foden (England)
Last time, England manager Gareth Southgate claimed that the unprecedented year-long delay of Europe’s largest soccer tournament Euro 2020 is a “blessing in disguise” to England citing the recovery of Harry Kane and the development of Manchester City youngster Phil Foden. Although he has only made 11 starts across all competitions this season, all eyes are on Foden’s improvement.
Foden helped England’s U-17 side to a World Cup victory in 2017. He played really well at home games despite he hasn’t been offered enough first team football at the Etihad by Pep Guardiolaand. However, with group games, semifinals and a final to be played at Wembley Stadium in London, England has a chance with this young star if his creative and clinical skills will improve over the course of delay.
Paul Pogba (France)
Similar to Harry Kane’s situation, Manchester United Paul Pogba man suffered an ongoing problem with an ankle injury initially sustained in August. This injury resulted to just 7 appearances in the 2019-20 campaign – scoring no goals and registering just 2 assists. As the tournament got delayed for a year, Pogba has a lot of time to recover and relieve his exemplar skills to help France.
The French midfielder also aims to duplicate his outstanding performance during Les Bleus’ campaign in the 2018 World Cup, and helped them to win the trophy for the second time. He is expected to join the Red Devils in the season restart despite reports of moving to Real Madrid or Juventus. If he will return to his original fit, France will only have to worry about their aging players.