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May 26, 2016
Ex-England striker expects the old enemy to top Group C with ease, while Danny Mills believes Northern Ireland could surprise everybody Shares Get football news by email Owen believes Germany have a great chance at this summer's tournament Michael Owen expects Germany to top Group C at a canter - and believes their Euro 2016 squad is just as strong as the one that won the World Cup in 2014. The retired England striker - who scored 40 goals for his country - thinks the old enemy will prove way too strong for Poland, Northern Ireland and Ukraine. Speaking to The Mirror Online as part of Sportlobster's €1m Euro predictor game - in which you could win up to €1m by correctly predicting the results of the entire tournament - he said: "Tournament football is what Germany are all about. "Their record in major tournaments at reaching semi-finals and finals is second to none. I think they’re just as strong as their World Cup winning side of two years ago and despite people calling this the group of death I don’t foresee too many problems here for the Germans and they’ll finish top.” Michael Owen after scoring for England at the 2002 World Cup alongside Danny Mills and David Beckham To be in with a chance of winning Sportlobster's €1m Euro predictor game , all you have to do is click on the link above, download the free app and guess how the tournament will unfold. And if you have a full set of correct predictions once the final whistle is blown on 10 July, you’ll become a Euro millionaire. To help you make your predictions, Sportlobster have called up ex-England internationals Sol Campbell, Danny Mills and Michael Owen to give their verdicts on each group and knock-out stage. Former Liverpool star Owen, 36, also had a word of caution for Poland in Group C. He added: “In Robert Lewandowski (below), Poland have one of the best finishers in World football. He bagged 13 goals in qualifying and if teams don’t get to grips with him they’ll regret it. Poland's Robert Lewandowski "They have a similar problem to Wales and Sweden though in that they depend heavily on one player to provide the magic. If their opponents can starve Lewandowski of the ball then they go a long way to nullifying their attacking threat. It remains to be seen whether these sides have a plan B when their main men aren’t firing.” Looking to who could join the Germans in the knock-out stages, fellow former Three Lions team-mate Danny Mills said he believes Northern Ireland could be the surprise package of the group. He said: “Northern Ireland may never have qualified for this tournament before but Michael O’Neill’s side finished top of a group containing Greece, Hungary and Romania and won’t be going to France just to make up the numbers. Captain Steven Davis had a very impressive season in Southampton’s midfield and will be determined to bring his end of season goalscoring form into the championships. Striker Kyle Lafferty went out on loan from Norwich twice last season but his seven goals in qualifying means he will probably be the man Northern Ireland will pin their hopes on. ” Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty in action against Latvia at Windsor Park But Sol Campbell is less confident about Northern Ireland’s chances. He added: “Sadly I think this group will be a rude awakening for Northern Ireland and the three big boys will all qualify safely to the knockout stages. "Germany have the ability to beat anyone in the World, not just Europe and I expect them to finish top. Lack of experience and perhaps a squad without a great deal of depth could be costly for Northern Ireland. Yes they qualified well but tournament football is a different animal and in a group as tough as this, against opposition that have a lot of major competitions under their belts, I think they will be found out.” Sportlobster is giving fans the chance to win one million Euros this summer as it launches the €1 million Euros Predictor, which challenges users to predict the exact outcome of Euro 2016. Click here to download the app and submit your predictions.