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Euro 2024 semi-final teams – ranked –

After a thrilling weekend of Euro 2024 quarter-final ties, we’re now left with just four teams still fighting it out over in Germany.

Spain, England, France and the Netherlands have all qualified for the semi-finals, with all four nations now being two wins away from lifting the Euros trophy.

So who is the favourite to win Euro 2024 now? Who has impressed the most so far? Who can we expect to face off in Berlin on July 14?

Well, as part of our 24 for 24 series, that’s what we at 90min are here to try and work out.

Here’s how we’re ranking the Euro 2024 semi-finalists heading into this week’s games.

4. France

Squeezing through / Lars Baron/GettyImages

Despite failing to score a single goal from open play themselves, France are Euro 2024 semi-finalists.

That is remarkable.

They’ve managed to achieve this feat thanks solely to their defensive players stepping up and carrying the load while the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Thuram look incapable of hitting a barn door.

If Les Bleus are going to go any further though, they need to actually start scoring goals.

3. Netherlands

Netherlands v Türkiye: Quarter-Final - UEFA EURO 2024

Semi-finalists / Jürgen Fromme – firo sportphoto/GettyImages

For the first time in a decade, the Netherlands have qualified for the semi-finals of a major championship.

After struggling in the group stages – squeezing through in third place in Group D – the Dutch have turned on the style a bit in the knockout rounds.

Their 3-0 win over Romania in the last 16 was extremely impressive, as was their 2-1 win over a spirited Turkey side in the quarter-finals.

2. England

John Stones, Eberechi Eze, Declan Rice, Cole Palmer, Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, Ivan Toney, Jude Bellingham

Shootout win / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

In typical Gareth Southgate fashion, England’s progression at Euro 2024 hasn’t been pretty, but it’s happened regardless.

Having reverted to a three-at-the-back formation for the quarter-final clash with Switzerland, the Three Lions did look like a much more accomplished unit. And while they had to rely on penalties to get through, there were plenty of positives to take from the overall performance, including Bukayo Saka’s star turn in his (sort of) new position.

That small tactical change could be the turning point for Southgate’s side at the tournament.

1. Spain

Dani Olmo, Alvaro Morata

Impressing / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

They’ve been the best, and most entertaining, team at Euro 2024 since day one.

Spain have been utterly brilliant thus far in Germany, being the only team to win all three group games before comfortably besting Georgia 4-1in the last 16.

Next up in the quarter-finals was host nation Germany, and while it was their least emphatic win to date, it was also their most impressive.

Luis de la Fuente’s side showed they could dig deep to win games in Stuttgart, relying on their strength in depth off the bench to earn a dramatic 2-1 victory thanks to a 119th-minute Mikel Merino header.

They’re the team to beat.

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