PortugalPortugal football star Cristiano Ronaldo has surprisingly named Italy as one of the favourites to win Euro 2016.

Italy are heading into Euro 2016 without the likes of influential midfield duo Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio.

However, Ronaldo believes Italy – who were unbeaten in qualifying for the Euros – are one of the leading contenders, alongside France, Germany and Spain.

“As hosts, France has a strong team to go the distance,” he told the Times of India.

“Then we have the world champions Germany. They are always favoured and this time they are coming to the tournament stronger. In the last two Euros, they played well, reached the final in 2008 and semi-finals in 2012.

“And then, how can you forget Italy? And of course Spain… they are the reigning Euro champions.”

Portugal have been drawn in Group F of the competition alongside Iceland, Austria and Hungary.

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