Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
England will look to put icing on the cake on a very successful qualifying campaign when they face North Macedonia in Skopje on Monday evening. The Three Lions recorded a routine 2-0 win over Malta on Friday, but they surely want to give fans yet another reason to celebrate. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Bayern Munich ace Harry Kane, who sealed the victory at Wembley, while all Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, and Kyle Walker are pushing for recalls to the starting XI.
The Macedonians, on the other hand, are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach against England, but seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to Italy, we are tempted to put our money on the Group C leaders. As for the home side, Cracovia midfielder Jani Atanasov should sneak into the starting XI after scoring as a substitute in the Stadio Olimpico defeat.
Highlighted Player (Harry Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Tottenham Hotspur mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.
Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (North Macedonia):
Former Yugoslavian republic North Macedonia became member of both FIFA and UEFA in 1994 and they have been competing on the international stage ever since. The Crveni Risovi rolled over Slovenia (4-1) in their first ever official match and the team recorded their biggest win on November 9, 11996, with the team crushing minnows Liechtenstein 11-1 in Eschen-Mauren.
The North Macedonians have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament despite the fact that several high-profile footballers played for the former Yugoslav republic. Goran Pandev is undisputedly the team’s most notable player as he played for the likes of Lazion, Inter, Napoli and Galatasaray during his professional career.
Pandev scored his 28th and 29th goal for North Macedonia in a 3-0 win over Belarus in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. However, Goce Seldloski is the most capped player (100). North Macedonia welcome their rivals at Philip II Arena and they wear red shirts with yellow stripe and red shorts when playing at home ground. The colour of their away kits is white.