With just a few days left and the 23-man squads finalized, we know who will and who won't be going to this year's European Championships. Here's your definitive list of when and where our boys will be playing for their respective countries:
Host nation France will look to repeat the success they've had on home soil in the past, winning the 1984 Euros and the 1998 World Cup. Didier Deschamps captained his side to victory in '98; this year, he'll try to do the same as his country's manager.
The only two Arsenal players to make it into the team will likely feature heavily, following two very high-profile scandals. Karim Benzema's unsettling feud with Mathieu Valbuena landed him in jail for a couple hours and effectively ended his hopes of getting into the squad, let alone the starting XI. On the other hand, Mamadou Sakho may face a lengthy ban due to his failed drug test back in April.
Both players started regularly two years ago in Brazil and their absence means Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny should see their minutes go up significantly. Giroud has been on fire as of late, scoring three goals in his past two matches, despite being booed by his own fans. Koscielny chipped in as well, with a goal of his own against Scotland last Saturday.
France opens the tournament on June 10th against Romania at the Stade de France. Then, they face Albania on June 15th at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Their final match of the group stage is in Lille on June 19th, against Switzerland.
GOD SAVE TH- *ahem* I'll gather myself. Arsenal's famed English "core" from a year or two ago is no more thanks to a couple injuries and some just not being good enough. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been recovering from ligament damage in his right knee since his high-speed collision with Javier Mascherano against Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16. Danny Welbeck just can't catch a break; after ten months on the sideline, he provided a much-needed spark to a faltering Arsenal back in February and fans of England hoped he would do the same for his country. That was until he went down early against Manchester City on the penultimate matchday of the season, and undergoing surgery ruled out any possibility he'd be in the squad come June. Oh yeah, Jenko came back from loan and he's been out since January too.
Among our healthy English players, Kieran Gibbs has been shunted out all season because of Nacho Monreal. Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand, having actually started for their teams throughout the season, could not have made it clearer for Roy Hodgson. And finally, Theo Walcott continues to disappoint every time he sees any time on the pitch. So, yeah. That meant Jack Wilshere was the only Arsenal player to make it into Hodgson's squad this summer.
Many debated the decision, citing his playing time all season (roughly 100 minutes with the first team) but staunch supporters argued that his limited minutes meant he was fitter than the rest of the bunch. And truly, he did look good in the instances he played - let's just hope he stays healthy when he comes back.
England's first match against Russia on June 11th in Marseille. Look for Jackie Boy to start. After that, they play Wales in Lens on June 16th and finish up against Slovakia in Saint-Étienne on June 20th.
Our shiny new signing Granit Xhaka leads dark-horses Switzerland into battle as their midfield general. However, he does play a more creative role further up the pitch for the Swiss. Let's hope he still gives us somewhat of a preview of what he'll do next season. Furthermore, Xhaka's roommate and summer target Ricardo Rodriguez also starts for the Swiss at left-back. Keep an eye on him.
Switzerland's first game is against Albania in Lens on June 11th, where Granit and older brother Taulant Xhaka will become the first siblings to face each other in the tournament's history. From there, they play Romania in Paris on June 15th and close out the group stage against France in Lille on June 19th.
Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal don't feature due to their age, chronic injury problems and Spain's incredible depth in midfield. Hector Bellerín sneaks in as a last-minute replacement for Dani Carvajal. It'll be an exciting start to his long and promising international career.
Watch Spain open their campaign against the Czech Republic in Toulouse on June 13th, then travel to Nice to play Turkey on the 17th, and finish in Bordeaux against Croatia on June 21st.
Our lord and savior Mesut Özil is the only inclusion in Die Nationalmannschaft, as he attempts to do what he always does: provide. *cue the memes* He'll play in his usual No. 10 role and start every match, unless Germany have already locked up their group early.
After Germany's opener against Ukraine on June 12th, they'll play their neighbors Poland at the Stade de France on the 16th, before concluding against Northern Ireland on June 21st in Paris.
Veterans Tomáš Rosický and Petr Čech play key roles for the Czech and look for both of them to start regularly. Make sure to grab a couple tissues before you sit down in case the nostalgia hits early.
The Czech open against Spain in Toulouse on June 13th, travel to Saint-Étienne to play Croatia next on the 17th and finish up against Turkey on the 21st in Lens.
Arsenal's newest (or first ever?) platinum blond Aaron Ramsey starts for Wales alongside Premier League compatriots Ashley Williams, Joe Allen and Joe Ledley, among others. Former Spur and current Galactico Gareth Bale rounds out the best Welsh side in generations.
Wales opens Group B play in Bordeaux against Slovakia on June 11th, then plays England in Lens on the 15th. They finish in Toulouse against Russia on the 20th.
Former Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen is in the Belgian squad this summer and we hope he doesn't do as much bench-warming as he does at Barcelona. International head coach Marc Wilmots does have the tendency to push Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld out wide, so maybe Vermaelen will get some time.
The Belgians play Italy in Lyon on June 13th, travel to Bordeaux to face the Republic of Ireland on the 18th, and conclude in Nice against Sweden on the 22nd.