Excellent England odds for Euro 2016 squad and starting XI – who will you pick?
Holly Thackeray | March 27, 2016
After England’s friendly heroics versus Germany in the Saturday night spectacular, several players have significantly boosted their chances of joining Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad, and even starting the first game in France.
So, Coral contemplate which stars are a shoe-in and who may now be a realistic wild card worth wager, with some excellent odds on offer…
Who will make the grade?
Hodgson has his work cut out on the evidence of the international break so far, but must narrow his summer squad to 23. So, who will make the final France cut?
Between the sticks little has changed, aside from Fraser Forster’s ascent to 1/10 make the plane. While, in defence, the biggest mover is Danny Rose, who is now 1/5 to pack his bags for France following a brilliant bow which catapulted him from 1/4.
Outsiders Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones have much ground to make up and stay fixed at 5/4, 6/1 and 5/4 to gatecrash this group when returned to full form and fitness.
It is a similar story for Arsenal pair Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have again missed the chance to impress and stay put at 6/5 and 10/3 to force their way into the squad, while competitors such as Eric Dier (slashed 1/6 from 2/5) and Jamie Vardy’s (1/12 from 1/10) odds for inclusion have soared.
As for up top, Danny Welbeck has been cut to 1/5, with odds of 3/10 before his exuberant efforts, though main rival Daniel Sturridge is still the same 1/5 price, meaning it could be a close call.
Starting XI shouts
Coral also, of course, have an enticing special market on who will take to the field in the starting XI for the Three Lions’ first foray in France on June 11th, with their opening Group B game against rivals Russia kicking off a campaign now buoyed with confidence.
Number one Joe Hart remains the same odds-on 1/16 price to repel the Russians despite missing out on these exhibitions, while Southampton stopper Forster has seen his price shorten accordingly from 20/1 to 14/1 following his brief cameo and Jack Butland’s injury. The Stoke goalie himself has lengthened after conceding to Toni Kroos while hurt, and is now 10/1 to start.
With a cross for the second goal, Nathaniel Clyne looks to have cemented his spot on the right defensive flank and has moved to 4/6 to be in the rearguard against the Russians, with little competition yet from Kyle Walker, who has dropped from 5/4 to 13/10.
Hodgson picked his most consistent partnership in Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill (with the defensive duo remaining odds-on at 2/7 and 4/11 respectively) to face the Germans and there is every reason to believe they’ll both start against Leonid Slutsky’s strikeforce. Yet to get the nod this break, John Stones stays 11/10 to force his way into Hodgson’s thoughts.
It’s difficult to believe Rose (who has rocketed from 4/1 before Berlin to 4/6) was a debutant against Die Mannschaft, as the Spurs star was diligent defensively, getting in vital blocks and also looked unafraid to attack. Ryan Bertrand (now slipped to 15/8 from 5/4) may have missed his chance.
Going by the organised showing in Germany, the club partnership of explosive Dele Alli (still 1/2) and astute Dier could continue, with the latter’s chances of keeping a spot improving from 6/4 to 4/6 after his last-gasp winner and all-round superb play. The pair look like they have been leading England for years.
Jordan Henderson did nothing to hurt his 2/5 chances as the third wheel in that tenacious Three Lions trio ahead of impact sub Ross Barkley (13/8), but Danny Drinkwater (6/1) is still to debut and have his say, with injury-prone absentee Wilshere pushed further out from 3/1 to 5/1 as the clock on his recovery ticks on.
There is every reason to believe skillfull Raheem Sterling (2/5), when recovered, will retain his slot, as former Liverpool teammate Adam Lallana was competent but unremarkable and is now 11/8 from 6/4 to keep that berth.
Meanwhile, Welbeck may not have got on the scoresheet but his pace and workrate caused the Germans endless problems, so the trusted Arsenal man has increased to even-money from 7/4 and may be a prudent punt. Fellow Gunner Theo Walcott (7/4) is up against it.
Now this contains the most interesting odds, as Harry Kane’s show-stopping strike means he remains 1/10 to lead the line, with absent captain Wayne Rooney frozen at 1/3. However, should fellow goal hero Vardy (a truly tempting 5/2 from 4/1) continue impressing, pressure may be put on whether the skipper should start. There could be value here.