Perhaps, on paper at least, a group that appears less likely to throw up any classics but dig a little deeper and you'll find there's potential for these four countries to deliver a lot more twists and turns than you might expect.

The Dutch are the glamour name. They should progress comfortably enough but don't forget this is their first appearance at a major tournament since 2014 and they're prep for this hasn't been completely smooth.

Virgil van Dijk is a loss, obviously, though the presence of Juventus's supreme Matthijs de Ligt is a considerable source of comfort for the Oranje. What may be of greater concern to supporters is the rickety reign of Frank de Boer who took over from the Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman last September.


Country: Netherlands

Manager: Frank de Boer

Captain: Gini Wijnaldum

Star man: Matthijs de Ligt

Best European Championship performance: Winners in 1988

Fixtures:

13 June: Ukraine @Johann Cruyff Arena Amsterdam, 8pm

17 June: Austria @Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, 8pm

21 June: North Macedonia @Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, 5pm

The manager who secured their qualification is long departed, Virgil van Dijk is out, and they've got some wobbly recent form - as always, it's hard to know what to make of the Dutch.

Georginio Wijnaldum skippers the team in Van Dijk's absence, and Premier League fans will recognise a string of players with English top-flight experience in Nathan Ake, Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Veltman, Davy Klaassen and Memphis Depay.

The loss of Donny van de Beek through injury is a loss, especially for a player looking to put behind him a difficult first season at Manchester United.

There's more responsibility on the shoulders of the supreme Matthijs de Ligt while Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona's gifted playmaker, has the potential to run games, plus they have the advantage of playing all their group games on home soil, but question marks remain about this Holland side.

De Boer was sacked by Major League Soccer club Atlanta United two months before taking over from Ronald Koeman, who had steered them to the finals by coming second in their group behind Germany before taking the Barca job.

Does De Boer have the nous to mastermind success at a major tournament? His record suggests not.

He got the chop at Inter Milan and Crystal Palace before heading to Atlanta, and after taking the reins at Holland, he wrote himself into the record books by failing to get a win in any of his first four games. No Dutch coach ever had to wait so long for a victory.

There were also worrying cracks in their make-up during March's chaotic 4-2 defeat to Turkey in the Nations League but there's enough quality in this panel to ensure they don't completely flop.

Holland should get out of this group; how far they go beyond that however may depend on the luck of the draw.

Country: Ukraine

Manager: Andriy Schevcehnko

Captain: Andriy Pyatov

Star man: Andriy Yarmolenko

Best European Championship performance: Group stages in 2012 and 2016

Fixtures:

13 June: Netherlands @ Johann Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, 8pm

17 June: North Macedonia @ Arena Nationala, Bucharest, 2pm

21 June: Austria @ Arena Nationala, Bucharest, 5pm

Ukraine stormed into the Euros off the back of a brilliant qualification campaign [they were unbeaten winners of a Group B that included Portugal and Serbia] but the buzz from that achievement all the way back in 2019 has gone a little flat.

Andriy Schevchenko's men have endured a difficult spring. In March they were relegated to the second tier of the UEFA Nations League competition after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed their appeal against a controversial UEFA's Appeals Panel decision.

The panel awarded Switzerland a 3-0 win for their November Nations League game which Ukraine didn't play as they had to enter quarantine following positive Covid-19 tests in the squad.

They've started their World Cup qualification campaign with three draws - against France, Finland and Kazakhstan - so there's a danger precious momentum has been lost.

Still, Ukraine are going to be a tough nut to crack this summer and will definitely fancy their chances of joining Holland in the knockout stages.

They've a good blend of seasoned pros and some rising talents, and while much will depend on the form of the prolific Andriy Yarmolenko, Ukraine are capable of upsetting the big guns on their day.

The Portuguese and Spain have both been defeated during Schevchenko's reign.

Country: North Macedonia

Manager: Igor Angelovski

Captain: Goran Pandev

Star man: Eljif Elmas

Best European Championship performance: This is their first appearance.

Fixtures - 13 June: North Macedonia @Arena Nationala, Bucharest, 5pm

17 June: Netherlands@ Johann Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, 8pm

21 June: Ukraine@ Arena Nationala, Bucharest, 5pm

It's a historic debut appearance at a European Championships - or any championships - for North Macedonia who booked their ticket through the play-offs.

Kosovo and Georgia were beaten to earn the minnows a spot at the finals, but it was their incredible World Cup qualifier victory against Germany in March that really turned heads.

Eljif Elmas' 85th-minute winner sank the four-time World Cup winners on their own patch.

"This cannot ever happen," Germany captain Ilkay Gundogan said afterwards.

Well it can - and it did.

Igor Angelovski's spirited underdogs have absolutely nothing to lose and will doubtless give their maiden voyage to a Euros a fair crack but avoiding the wooden spoon is probably the height of their ambitions.

They've some handy players all the same. Leeds United wide man Ezgjan Alioski, the evergreen Goran Pandev, who scored the winner in the play-off final against Georgia, and Elmas are three of their more recognisable names.

Elmas was highly coveted when at Fenerbache. Manchester City, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Juventus were all interested before then-Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti coaxed him to Italy in 2019.

He's enhanced his reputation further at Stadio San Paolo but a strong Euros would lift the 21-year-old to even greater heights.

Country: Austria

Manager: Franco Foda

Captain: Julian Baumgartlinger

Star man: David Alaba

Best European Championship performance: Group stages in 2008 and 2016

Fixtures:

13 June: North Macedonia @Arena Nationala, Bucharest, 5pm

17 June: Netherlands@ Johann Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, 8pm

21 June: Ukraine@ Arena Nationala, Bucharest, 5pm

Cast your mind back to Euro 2016, a time when Ireland were heading to France and Austria were in vogue as one of the dark horses to win the tournament. They finished bottom of their group with just one point from their three games.

This time around under former Sturm Graz boss Franco Foda, the Austrians are flying much lower under the radar. They'll be reacquainted with North Macedonia who they finished five points clear of in Group G qualifying. Austria were second, behind Poland.

They possess a team full of talented players though they are not as easy on the eye as in years gone by. Foda is a pragmatic coach; one more than willing to try and doggedly grind out results.

Aside from the supreme David Alaba, now on the books with Real Madrid, the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Julian Baumgartlinger, Aleksandar Dragovic and Andreas Ulmer and Marcel Sabitzer are footballers of impressive calibre.

Sasa Kalajdzic meanwhile is a young attacker of considerable stature. Quite literally.

At 6'7", the 23-year-old Stuttgart man is the tallest player in the Bundesliga. The obvious comparison here is to Peter Crouch - and in all fairness, there are lots of similarities. Kalajdzic isn't just a big gangly target man; he has a deft touch and excellent technical ability.

He's also just had a great club campaign and offers his country a unique threat as they look to get beyond the group stages at a Euros for the first time.