Here’s where the World Champions Germany reside for the early stages of the tournament, and it would take a brave lad or lass to back against them sweeping this group with three wins out of three.
Neighbours Poland will perhaps provide the stiffest test, and I’d expect them to finish runners-up, closely followed by Ukraine, who will get enough points to make it through to the next phase as one of the best third placers.
Northern Ireland? I’d love it if some of that spirit of ’82 could be rekindled. Jennings, Armstrong et al left a lasting impression back then, and there’s a chance the latest generation could do likewise. But I’d still predict them to prop up this group and head home early.
GROUP C PREDICTION: 1: GERMANY 2: POLAND 3: UKRAINE 4: Northern Ireland
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