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Race for Euro 2016 title wide open, says England's Cahill

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20   //    23 Jun 2016, 14:44 IST
Football Soccer - England v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group B - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 11/6/16 - England's Gary Cahill reacts after the match. REUTERS/Robert Pratta
Football Soccer - England v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group B - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 11/6/16 - England's Gary Cahill reacts after the match. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

(Reuters) - The race for the European Championship title is wide open and no team will run away with the title, England defender Gary Cahill has said.

England, who have struggled to break down defences and finished second in Group B a point behind table toppers Wales, face Iceland in the Round of 16 in Nice next Monday.

The Chelsea defender pointed to France's second Group A game, where the hosts scored two late goals to beat a stubborn Albania team 2-0, as an example of how difficult it was for the continent's big names to win.

"There are certainly teams that have impressed me, but I do think it's wide open," Cahill told reporters in France.

"You see the French, Spanish and Germans who are always there, but is there one team that is going to run away with it? I don't think there is.

"You see how hard teams are having to work, like the French in the second game...Everyone is fighting to the death so it's very tough."

(Reporting by Ian Rodricks in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Lovell)

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