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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has ranked the five teams he believes are most likely to win the Euro 2024 championship.

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The Euro 2024 championship will resume in Germany next weekend after a brief hiatus from European club football. Twenty-four teams will compete for the continental title.

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Merson has ruled out Belgium and the current champions, Spain, from his top five contenders. “I’m going to omit Belgium and Spain from my top five as I believe the teams that I’ve chosen stand a much better chance of making it through to the business end of Euro 2024,” Merson said, according to Sportskeeda.

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“Belgium’s golden generation is done, and they’ve disappointed me every time in a major tournament. Similarly, this is hardly the best Spain squad we’ve seen in recent years.”

Merson ranked Italy at number five, saying, “Italy are always solid at the back but I doubt that will be enough for them to become a force to be reckoned with in the knockout stages.”

He placed Portugal at number four, noting that while Portugal has an aging team, they also possess a wealth of experience. “There’s too much individual quality for them not to gel together as a unit, so I think they’ll fare quite well at Euro 2024,” he added.

Germany, the host nation, takes the number three spot in Merson’s ranking. “I don’t think Germany are a great team, but being at home is a massive advantage,” he said.

Merson ranks the 2022 World Cup finalists, France, at number two, and places England at the top of his list.

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