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Group A overview

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Turkey - In Yusuf Yazici, his Lille team-mate Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu, Turkey carry a triple threat in attack and their young group will be hoping to emulate the 2008 side who made the last four.

Consistency has evaded them, though, and they were knocked out in the group stage five years ago.

Italy - They last won the tournament in 1958 but missed out on World Cupp 2018. However, with former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini in the dugout, they look more organised and are blessed with a plethora of talented midfielders such as Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella.

The Azzurri will play all three of their group matches in Rome and won each of their ten fixtures in qualifying, finishing with a 9-1 demolition of Armenia.

Wales - Robert Page will lead Wales into only their second ever European Championship but they can take plenty of confidence from their first appearance in 2016, when they progressed to the semi-finals.

As ever their hopes will rest on the shoulders of star forward Gareth Bale.

Switzerland - Experienced coach Vladimir Petkovic remains in charge of Switzerland ahead of Euro 2020, with the nation having qualified for four of the last five European Championships.

Xherdan Shaqiri is a danger in the final third but they also have plenty of depth in defence and could be hard to break down.

Fixtures:
Turkey v Italy - Friday 11th June, 2100 BST, Rome
Wales v Switzerland - Saturday 12th June 1500 BST, Baku
Turkey v Wales - Wednesday 16th June 2100, Baku
Italy v Switzerland - Wednesday 16th June 2100, Rome
Switzerland v Turkey - Sunday 20th June 1800, Baku
Italy v Wales - Sunday 20th June 1800, Rome


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