Picking the top European team in the World Cup is a very hard pick since there are several squads that have legit odds to go the furthest led by Germany.
Germany has the best odds out of any European team to win the World Cup and while they were drawn into the Group of Death they definitely have the talent to go all the way. Their midfield and defense is great and while they do not have a superstar striker Thomas Muller is a solid attacker. If things work out as the odds makers say they will face Brazil in the semifinals.
Spain is the defending World Cup champion and plays in Group B along with Holland, who they beat in 2010 World Cup final. Winning the group may be key, as the 2nd place finisher will likely face Brazil in the round of 16. Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, and Xabi Alonso lead a great midfield that is great at dominating the time off possession.
Belgium has a great all around squad with no big weaknesses and they were drawn into one of the easier groups. To go far in the tournament they may have to win the group since the runner up in their group faces the winner of the Group of Death, which is favored to be Germany.
France was embarrassed in the last World Cup, but they have a great squad for this summer and are the betting favorites to win their group, which is one of the easier ones. Karim Benzema leads the offense and Franck Ribery leads the solid midfield.
Holland has the offense, but can their defense, which is their weakness, play well like they did 4 years ago in their run to the final? Robin Van Persie leads the solid Dutch attack and they have a good midfield led by Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. Odds makers have them with the 2nd best odds to get out of their group, which includes Spain, and if they finish 2nd they will likely have to face Brazil, who they beat in the quarterfinals in 2010, in the round of 16.
Italy is a veteran laden squad that still has a couple of heroes from the 2006 World Cup winning team in GK Gianluigi Buffon and MF Andrea Pirlo. The Italians are in a tough group along with England and Uruguay and have the best betting odds to win it. Winning their group would be key, as it would get them out of the side of the draw that will likely include Brazil and Germany.
Portugal is all about Cristiano Ronaldo, but the squad may be deeper than they were in 2010 when they were in the Group of Death and advanced. They are in that dreaded group again, but Joao Moutinho and Nani lead a solid midfield, which will take some pressure of Ronaldo.
England is in a group with Italy and Uruguay and while the squad has a good midfield and Wayne Rooney up front the defense and GK Joe Hart are the main issues.
Here are the odds to be the top finishing team from Europe as of June 2nd.