England would be massive underdogs if they face France - Gary Neville

Wed 23 June 2021 | 15:28

The former England defender Gary Neville believes England need to boost their game to get any further in the tournament.

England topped Group D with seven points from three matches and three clean sheets, and tonight, after the end of Group F matches, they will know their opponent in the next round.

"It's likely to be Germany or France, maybe Portugal,"

Gary Neville told 

Sky Sports 

when assessing England's potential last-16 opponents.

"We're in a good place. In the back of our minds we've got a giant of a team to face next Tuesday, but in terms of the job we were asked to do in the group phase, the players and manager have done that in comfortable fashion, keeping clean sheets.

"But the reality will kick in for these players later on in the week, they have a giant of a game on Tuesday. It's an event in itself and one which would elevate confidence beyond belief if they were to win. But to win those games against a team like France or Germany takes something really special and spectacular.

"We would be massive underdogs against France, against Germany we have an opportunity, Portugal even more so. You cannot go more than a 50-50 chance against Germany and Portugal, for France I'd go 70-30 against, that is not being negative or pessimistic, it's realistic.

"Look at the France teamsheet and tell me how many England players would get in ahead of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane. They have a damn good team. All of England's potential opponents have good players and while we should be confident we have to realise our opponents will be confident as well and that it will be tough to win."



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