57% of England fans want club success instead of Three Lions lifting Euro 2020

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Harry Kane and his England teammates are busy sharpening up their shooting boots on the eve of Euro 2020.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, this latest international tournament was postponed for 12 months, but the excitement has once again reached fever pitch.

France are favourites to follow up their World Cup triumph from 2018 with more silverware here.

However, led by Tottenham striker Kane and a new golden generation featuring Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Manchester City sensation Phil Foden, the Three Lions are also priced-up at 5/1 to reign supreme on July 11 beneath the famous arch at Wembley.

Ahead of the tournament, which will be held across 11 host cities, YouGov conducted a survey of over 2,000 fans – on behalf of Betfair – to see who they think will conquer Europe this summer.

As you would expect, there is plenty of backing for those supporters who think 'it's coming home'. However, other questions pitted to them brought back some eye-catching results.

Can England win Euro 2020?

As a result of the YouGov survey, around 23 per cent of England fans picked out their own nation as Euro 2020's most likely winners, while the same people expect fierce competition from France (21 per cent), Belgium and arch rivals Germany (both 17 per cent).

Scotland and Wales supporters were also asked to give their opinion on that same subject.

As you would expect, they are less confident – and hopeful – of football coming home this summer, giving Gareth Southgate and his side a 5 per cent and 7 per cent chance respectively.

Of those England followers who are tipping the Three Lions for glory, more than half (54 per cent) believe this is a squad better than all since the 2004 golden generation.

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Club over country

Although the Euros were delayed from last summer, international tournaments only come around once every two years – depending on qualification, of course.

Whether it's optimism, dread or scepticism, these competitions bring the nation together – but it appears though some would prefer club success over international ecstasy.

Indeed, according to the YouGov survey, almost 60 per cent of England supporters would prefer their team to win the league or achieve promotion at domestic level.

But how do fans at particular top-level teams stack up when it comes to choosing club over country? These results indicate whose fans would rather a Premier League title win over Euro 2020.

  • Tottenham (67 per cent)
  • Arsenal (60 per cent)
  • Newcastle United (60 per cent)
  • Liverpool (57 per cent)
  • Leeds United (54 per cent)
  • Manchester City (54 per cent)
  • Chelsea (45 per cent)
  • Manchester United (44 per cent)

Compared to their England counterparts, fans of Scotland and Wales sit favourably on the side of national success meaning more than club trophies, at 44 per cent and 47 per cent respectively.

Backing for home nations

During what is expected to be an action-packed football festival across Europe, the home nations flag is not just to be flown by England this summer, with Scotland and Wales of course taking part.

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When it comes to watching their neighbours in action, 51 per cent of England fans admitted they will cheer on the Scots, apart from their Group D clash at Wembley, presumably, while 57 per cent say they will throw some support behind Wales.

Scotland are less likely to back the English (35 per cent), though, with 61 per cent open to cheering on Wales.

Perhaps owing to them taking part in a separate group, Welsh supporters are 47 per cent and 68 per cent likely to back Scotland and England when Gareth Bale and co are not in Euro 2020 action.

Betfair spokesman Sam Rosbottom said: "Our survey aimed to get to the bottom of how confident England fans are in what is their best chance of winning a major tournament for decades.

"The answers showed that while only a minority of England fans think football is finally coming home, with almost a quarter convinced Gareth Southgate is going to lead the Three Lions to glory, there is perhaps more confidence than usual."

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