Kompany: Spain the team to beat in Euro 2012

Man City fans posing for a picture with captain Vincent Kompany. (Yahoo! photo/Daniel Teo)Man City fans posing for a picture with captain Vincent Kompany. (Yahoo! photo/Daniel Teo)

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes England have a chance of winning Euro 2012 but has tipped Spain to defend their crown.

The English Premier League player of the season, who met 100 fans during  a meet-and-greet session at the Courts store in Orchard on Saturday, said, "My favourites have to be Spain, followed by Holland and Germany. However, my support is for England as my wife is English."

"We (Belgium) played England recently in a friendly and they look very organized. So they have every chance of doing well in the tournament," he added.

The 26-year-old tough-tackling defender who won the EPL title with Man City on the final day of the season also gave his thoughts on Belgium teammate Eden Hazard's end-of-season move to Chelsea.

"I've played with Hazard in the national team and I can see all his talent and quality," he said.

"I did not speak to him about joining City. But I will always be willing to give him advice if he needs. I believe he has made the decision for himself and followed his heart.

"For him to blend into the Premier League or any league in the world would be straightforward."

With the new Premier League season starting shortly after Euro 2012, Kompany believes it will not be a two-horse race for the title again.

He said, "As you know the Premier League is the most difficult league in the world.

"Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool will all be competing to be at the top. So I believe you have six teams with hopes for the title," he added.

With City winning their first league title since 1968, Kompany insists his side is hungry for more success and "guarantees that City will be the best club in the world in 10 years' time."

He said, "There is still room for improvement. Winning the Premier League is a benchmark for us. And it just gives us more motivation to go further to win the Champions League and of course to win the league again and again.

"Life is too short. We only have about 10 years in our career and you want to win as much as you can.

"I can guarantee you that in 10 years' time City can call itself the best club in the world. And I'll do my best to make it happen," he added.