Who are the top 5 contenders for the Euros in 2016?

It's amazing to think that it'll soon be 'that time' again - football's European championships, which take place every four years and always attract a flurry of bets.

If you are looking to make money online from one of the most popular events on the sports betting calendar, you might appreciate our rundown of the most prominent runners and riders.

  1. Germany

Currently boasting such talents as Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and with a track record of outright victory in major tournaments, including the latest World Cup, Germany always figures somewhere near the top of favourite’s lists for competitions like this.

Can Joachim Low's men emulate Spain's recent feats in adding a European championship to their World Cup title?

  1. France

Automatically qualifying as hosts, France always has to be in the conversation when it comes to major competitions, even if they are no longer 'the team to beat' after a purple patch that saw them claim both World Cup and Euro glory.

Still, how can you dismiss the chances of such talents as Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Yohan Cabaye and Karim Benzema on their own territory? Keep your eye on youngster Anthony Marshall, who has made such an impressively free-scoring start to the season for Manchester United. France would be great team to get in your offices Euro 2016 sweepstake.

  1. Spain

Spain became the first national team to win three major honours in a row when they successfully defended their 2008 European title last time out. Their World Cup defence, however, proved something of an embarrassment.

Still, a Euro 2016 qualifying record of nine victories and only one defeat suggests a return to form for Vicente del Bosque's men, and Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, David Silva and co will doubtless be highly motivated by the chance to complete a hat trick of consecutive European titles.

  1. Belgium

The Belgians haven't always been considered as among European football's superpowers, but that's changed considerably in recent years with the emergence of such fine players as Chelsea number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, his Stamford Bridge team-mate Eden Hazard and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

Having beaten the qualifying 'surprise package' Wales to top spot in Group B, the team's focus will now switch to claiming silverware in France.

  1. England

Not only were England the first team other than the hosts to qualify for Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson's charges also enjoyed an immaculate winning record in Group E, with 10 victories out of a possible 10. So, why aren't they better fancied for the trophy next year?

Simple: England have long flattered to deceive at major tournaments since their sole World Cup win in 1966, and captain Wayne Rooney's recent poor form - despite recently breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's long-held national team scoring record - will further harm their chances in the sports betting stakes in the lead-up to June.

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