Euro 2012: ITV Sport team make their fearless predictions

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema, the man with the Golden Boot? Photo: PA

The ITV Sport team make their fearless (ahem) predictions for Euro 2012...

Who will win Euro 2012?

Clive Tyldesley, ITV Football commentator - Germany.

Gabriel Clarke, ITV Football reporter - Holland. Their time has come.

Andy Townsend, ITV Football pundit - Germany. Lots of experience, quality all round.

Ned Boulting, ITV Football reporter - Germany, obviously. They're in such a strong position that they're able to leave out almost all of the Dortmund team which did the domestic double.

James Appell, ITV Football writer - Germany. They're so good they probably won't even need penalties.

Luke McLaughlin, ITV Sport Editor - Italy. Their defence was very solid in qualifying. Backing anyone in Group B is risky – the group is so tough that Germany or Holland could be knocked out before the last eight.

Ollie Irish, ITV Football Editor - Germany. Went close in 2010, will surely grab the cigar this time around.

Harry Hesp, ITV Sport producer - Holland. Provided they all get along.

Will Unwin, ITV Football writer - Spain. They're a squad of winners. The likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Silva can destroy sides.

Who will win the Golden Boot?

Clive Tyldesley - Karim Benzema.

Gabriel Clarke - Benzema.Andy Townsend, ITV Football pundit - Benzema or Miroslav Klose.

Ned Boulting - Benzema has as convincing case as any. And France will progress with some comfort from Group D.

James Appell - Aleksandr Kerzhakov. Watch him fill his boots in Russia's Group A games.

Luke McLaughlin - Benzema, on the basis he’ll have more chances than any of the favourites (Van Persie, Ronaldo, Gomez) lumped in Group B.

Ollie Irish - Miroslav Klose. He loves major tournaments.

Harry Hesp - Benzema will carry his good form into this tournament and I can see him notching a few in Group D.

Will Unwin - Mario Balotelli. He'll thrive on being the main striker, and playing alongside his off-field hero Antonio Cassano.

One player to watch?

Clive Tyldesley - Robert Lewandowski, Poland's poster boy.

Gabriel Clarke - Mario Balotelli. Blink and you will miss something, good bad or ugly.Andy Townsend, ITV Football pundit - Olivier Giroud of France, if he gets a game!

Ned Boulting - Mario Gotze of Germany. He could have an Ozil-like impact in the latter stages of the tournament.

James Appell - Yevhen Konoplyanka. The Ukraine winger will reportedly get a transfer to Arsenal if he performs well this summer.

Luke McLaughlin - Christian Eriksen of Denmark. The young schemer impressed in a friendly against England in February 2011 and he’s capable of upsetting one of the heavyweights in their Group of Death.

Ollie Irish - Andy Carroll. Could the big lummox actually savage defences at this level? He'll have to for England to stand a chance. Anyway, he's an elemental player who is fascinating to watch.

Harry Hesp - Sebastian Giovinco of Italy. He's only 5ft5in but full of skill, pace and creativeness.

Will Unwin - Christian Eriksen. The 2010 World Cup came too early for the 20-year-old, but the skilful Ajax man will be key to the Dane's chances of progressing.

How will England do?

Clive Tyldesley - Quarter-finals.

Gabriel Clarke - Quarter finals, when injuries and suspensions will finally catch up with them.Andy Townsend, ITV Football pundit - Quarter-finals.

Ned Boulting - Slightly better than Greece. A bit like their respective economies.

James Appell - Out in the group stages after a desperate defeat to Ukraine in Donetsk.

Luke McLaughlin - It’s likely that Hodgson’s men will travel to face Ukraine in their final group match with both teams needing a result to progress. On which basis, I fear injury-hit England will be knocked out by the co-hosts.

Ollie Irish - Three and out. Bottom of Group D with one draw and two defeats. The squad is nowhere near good enough.

Harry Hesp - Bottom of Group D.

Will Unwin - Hodgson's men will bow out valiantly in the last eight.