Roy Keane believes Spain will be the favourites when they face off against England in the final of Euro 2024 on Sunday night.

However, the former Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Celtic star also thinks it could be ‘written in the stars’ for the Three Lions to win.


England produced their best performance of the competition on Wednesday night as they battled their way to a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands.

Xavi Simons broke the deadlock early on but the Three Lions turned the match around via goals from Harry Kane and Ollie Watkins.

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Roy Keane believes Spain will be the favourites when they face off against England in the final of Euro 2024 on Sunday night

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England will now face Spain on Sunday, who booked their own place in the final with a 2-1 win over France earlier in the week.

Keane, speaking on ITV, has dubbed La Roja ‘favourites’ to win the trophy given their impressive displays out in Germany so far.

But he also has a sneaky feeling that England might be able to get over the line and secure a first major trophy since 1966.

“I think they deserve huge credit, they keep coming up with all the answers,” he said.

“Obviously Holland done well in the second half trying to suffocate England.

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“When the subs came on they found a way to win. They’ve had plenty of luck, even the penalty today.

“They obviously have big personalities there and a desire to keep going, they kept playing their game. Well deserved…

“I think Spain are brilliant to watch, the way they keep possession and they’ve got some brilliant young players.

“When you analyse the game last night against a French team who weren’t really at it, the French had some good chances.

“I’d have Spain as favourites, but sometimes you think things are written in the stars for this England team.

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“When you think of it, they should have been out of it a week or so ago, they’ve now got momentum and you’re talking about the mindset of the players. “

Keane was also full of praise for Southgate, insisting he’s exceeded expectations ever since his appointment back in 2016.

“He’s done a brilliant job since day one,” he said.

“He’s created an environment for players to go out and express themselves, there’s been a bit of luck but we all need that.

“He’s made some big decisions before this tournament, with Grealish and Rashford [being left out]… but he’s got to go and finish it now.

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Roy Keane has hailed England after their Euro 2024 win over the Netherlands

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“His stats are fantastic and if he can get the trophy at the end, it’ll be amazing for him.”

Gary Neville, meanwhile, also feels England may be able to sneak a win.

The Three Lions appear to be peaking at the perfect time, having struggled earlier in the tournament.

And Neville agrees with Keane that maybe, just maybe, it’ll be England’s year at last.

“Spain were fifth or sixth favourites coming into this tournament,” he said.

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Roy Keane thinks Spain will be tough for England to beat when they meet in the final of Euro 2024 on Sunday night

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“Not many people fancied them, I didn’t fancy them.

“But they’ve been the best team in terms of football and performances by a country mile. They’ve been brilliant all the way through.

“We’ve got our work cut out on Sunday. But as Roy said, it feels like something is happening.

“Sometimes you feel like it’s your name on the trophy. We’re not saying that here.”