Tottenham Euro roundup: Defender in tightest group heading into final matchday

Four Spurs players left for Germany earlier this month to participate in Europe's toughest international competition. As we head into the final matchday, there's one player in particular whose competition could be the toughest.
Romania v Ukraine: Group E - UEFA EURO 2024
Romania v Ukraine: Group E - UEFA EURO 2024 / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

At the start of June, Tottenham sent Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Micky van de Ven, Guglielmo Vicario, and Radu Dragusin on their way to the 2024 UEFA European Championship, to represent Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, and Romania respectively.

For all four players, things are looking tight going into the third and final match of the group stage.

For Hojbjerg and the Danes, they'll need a win on Tuesday against Serbia to guarantee their way through to the knockout round. A draw along with an England win or draw could also do the trick. They'll have to be careful though, as a Serbia (and England) win could see their opponents through as well.

VDV and his Dutch counterparts, who sit top of their group on goal differential, could glide through with a win or draw over Austria. However, if they're to lose, their time in Germany will come to a bitter and early end.

Vicario and Italy will have a tough matchup as they take on Croatia, though former Spurs player Luka Modric hasn't been able to get more than a point for his side in the two games they've played thus far. Italy sit second in their group, with three points and a goal differential gap of four between them and first place Spain.

Needless to say, a first place finish would be challenging, even if the Spaniards miraculously fall to Albania. For Italy, they'll simply have to avoid losing if they're to find their way to the next stage.

For Dragusin, the final day of group competition could almost rival that of a Premier League photo finish in matchweek 38.

Romania, who recently fell 2-0 to Belgium, sit top of their group via goals scored. Them, along with the Belgians, Slovakia, and Ukraine, each carry three points with them as they fight for European glory.

Dragusin and co. will take on Slovakia this Wednesday, where a win would seal the deal and send them through. Slovakia holds the title in the two sides' all-time set list, with a record of 18-12-10 against the Romanians.

Dragusin will be hoping to reroute the course of history and take his side through to the next stage in what has already proved to be a dramatic and competitive tournament.