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Byline: FROM JOHN CROSS

FROM JOHN CROSS in NICESS PETER SCHMEICHEL has warned there will never be another huge Euros upset.

Denmark stepped off the beach to win the European Championship in 1992 and Greece shocked football by winning it in 2004. But ex-Denmark keeper Schmeichel (above with the trophy in '92) says the new 24-team format means that it is harder for one of the unfancied teams to survive.

He said: "You can't compare what happened in 1992 because once you got through the group stage, there was only four teams left.

"Now you have 16 teams left after the group stage. The road to the final is a lot longer, so at some point you will get caught out.

"In 1992, there were fewer opportunities to catch us out.

"Now you have the group stage, last 16, quarter-finals and then into the semis. There are fewer chances to spring so much of a surprise as in the past. You had Greece in 2004, again you had one game less.

"I've been asked before whether it can happen again and my answer is that I don't think it can.

"Of course it's football, you can't know for sure.

"Look at Wales, can they keep it going? Maybe. But look at the big nations and none of them have played to their potential yet.

"Look at France. I'm convinced that when they played Romania in the opening game, Didier Deschamps played what he thought was his best XI. He then took Pogba out and didn't play him in the next game.

"It was designed to provoke Pogba, to tell him that he's the leader, the guy who is supposed to run the show - and you saw the reaction. You saw why he's so highly valued, because his reaction was fantastic.

"Straight on the pitch, he began to run the show and by the next game he was completely running the show. He is on his way up."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2016
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