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Who is your tip to be the dark horse at Euro 2016 this summer?

Because you’re too good to go tipping one of the big boys.

FOR STARTERS, LET’S try to define what exactly makes a dark horse (or a cheval noir, bonjour mes amis Francais).

For these purposes, we’re gonna burn a big ‘Not a Euro 2016 dark horse’ branding into the arse of any thoroughbred nation who has won a World Cup in the last 40 years.

Basically, we’re saying our beloved neighbours England are eligible for Dark Horse status, but those swaggering serial winners from Spain, Germany, Italy and of course the host nation France are shining white horses with their mane in a braid and a supple leather saddle fastened lovingly around their girth.

Belgium Israel Euro Soccer Belgium, the lightest shade of Dark Horse. Geert Vanden Wijngaert Geert Vanden Wijngaert

That’s that settled. We want to know who your tip for the top is from the lesser-fancied nations.

Fancy a punt on Ireland?

Turkey, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Zlatan and co… whoever! Tell us who we should be taking seriously and why.

Hey, you’re due a heap of credit even if they only make it as far as the semis.

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