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Ilkay Gundogan makes his feelings clear on England's Euro 2024 chances after disappointing group performance

Ilkay Gundogan makes his feelings clear on England's Euro 2024 chances after disappointing group performance

England have so far failed to live up to expectations at Euro 2024.

Ilkay Gundogan has spoken about England's chances of winning Euro 2024 after their underwhelming performance in the groups.

England started the tournament in Germany as favourites to win, with Gareth Southgate's squad packed full of world-class talent, particularly in attack.

But after scraping past Serbia 1-0 in their opening game, the Three Lions were held to draws by Denmark and Slovenia.

Despite those results, England still managed to top Group C and will now face Slovakia in their round of 16 match in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday.

Unlike England, hosts Germany flew out of the traps with a 5-1 victory over Scotland before beating Hungary 2-0.

But they were then held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland, with Julian Nagelsmann's side requiring a late equaliser from Niclas Fullkrug to snatch a point.

Nevertheless, belief is growing in Germany that the host nation could go all the way, with the likes of France, Belgium and the Netherlands also struggling in addition to England.

But Germany captain, Barcelona midfielder Gundogan, is not writing off Southgate's side just yet, having played with and against many of the English squad during his time in the Premier League with Manchester City.

"Never underestimate England," he told The Athletic.

Ilkay Gundogan isn't ruling out England just yet (Image: Getty)
Ilkay Gundogan isn't ruling out England just yet (Image: Getty)

"They finished top of the group and got the results. In these tournaments, that's a massive thing. Getting the results gives you confidence and motivation to play better. It's just about getting into the next round all the time.

"Maybe only France have a similar squad in terms of talent and potential. England are still among the favourites. In the knockouts, they are full of experience — but I can understand the criticism saying they could play better.

"In our case, you can see how getting results over the line can make the difference.

"The mood around Germany is very good, but that's because we get results."

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Topics: Euro 2024, England, Germany, Ilkay Gundogan, Gareth Southgate, Transfers, Man City, Barcelona