Michael Owen says Gareth Southgate’s ‘young and energetic’ England squad have a ‘great chance’ of winning the Euros next year.
Southgate guided the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and will have the chance to go one step further at a major tournament in the summer of 2021.
The European Championship was meant to take place back in the summer, but the coronavirus crisis postponed the action by a year.
The Three Lions will be joined in Group D by Scotland, who sealed their qualification last week, as well as Croatia and Czech Republic.
England’s Nations League campaign, however, has stuttered. Going into Wednesday night’s clash against Iceland at Wembley, Southgate’s side are unable to reach the semi-finals of the competition again after recent losses to Denmark and Belgium.
A major positive has been the form of Jack Grealish, who has been lauded for his impressive display on his full competitive debut for his country in the Belgium defeat last weekend.
But despite their recent struggles, former England, Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen believes Southgate’s team have all the right ingredients to go all the way next summer.
‘I think we’ve got a great chance [of winning],’ Owen told talkSPORT.
‘It couldn’t have fallen any better for us, it’s basically a home competition with nearly all our games at Wembley bar one.
‘We’ve got a massive advantage there and we have players that are young and energetic and looks like they got a great camaraderie between themselves.
‘I think we’ve got a lot of good ingredients. Of course, you always need players. We can talk about managers, good facilities and this and that but at the end of the day, you need top players to win a top competition.
‘We’d love another couple of world-class players if we were being greedy but we have got the basis.’