England football specials odds: Southgate, Rooney, Gerrard feature
Sam Barnard | 2 December 2016
England football specials odds
England’s FA finally decided to hand Gareth Southgate a permanent four-year deal, worth a reported £2m per year, to be new Three Lions boss after he temporarily took the reins after Sam Allardyce’s early departure.
And with that, punters now have the chance to back the Home Nation by taking advantage of a number of unique prices available with Coral.
So, read on to find out our England football specials odds…
Southgate to win major tournament with England
Former Middlesbrough and England Under-21 head coach Southgate’s contract takes him past Euro 2020, meaning he’ll get at least two chances at claiming major silverware with the 2018 World Cup in Russia taking place two years before.
The Three Lions currently top their World Cup qualifying Group F by two points after four games, so are well on their way to reaching the finals.
However, if they do fall short in Russia, the 2020 tournament is where England can impress most. The semis and final are scheduled to take place at Wembley, so the players will have an extra incentive to get that far.
Even if the Three Lions fail to lift either trophy, getting to the quarters should be enough for his contract to be prolonged. Special odds of 8/1, therefore, are available on Southgate winning a major tournament with England either during or beyond his current deal.
Gerrard to in England coaching set-up at 2018 World Cup
After announcing his retirement from playing, the next natural path for most footballers is to try their hand in coaching.
Gary Neville among others have taken roles with England and, with Steven Gerrard supposedly on the hunt for a job, his former England teammate Southgate will surely have a spot available for him.
After recently rejecting becoming new MK Dons boss, it seems that the Liverpool legend is not quite ready for a top position, so being part of the Three Lions’ backroom staff could be the perfect option for now.
Gerrard is 2/1 to be in England’s coaching set-up at the 2018 World Cup.
Rooney to retire from England before 2018 World Cup
Meanwhile, current England captain Wayne Rooney recently announced that he’d finally give up playing international football in 2018 after the World Cup final, for which he is odds-on at 1/2 to follow through doing.
However, after his latest controversy which could end up him being stripped of the captaincy, the most capped outfield Three Lion star may decide to hang up his England boots sooner.
He is just six caps behind ex-keeper Peter Shilton’s record 125 appearances, so is 6/4 to retire before the next major finals.
Next permanent England captain
As mentioned above, with Southgate getting the job and Rooney potentially being stripped of the captaincy, the new England boss may need to pick a new permanent skipper.
Jordan Henderson is the heavy odds-on 1/4 favourite, having taken the armband on a couple occasions before, while he is also the current vice-captain.
Chelsea’s Gary Cahill (7/1) is next on the list, with fellow centre back Chris Smalling (14/1) among the top five favourites.
Others include Joe Hart (8/1), Harry Kane (9/1) and Eric Dier (16/1), and you can read more about the market in our recent article.
England to host 2018 World Cup
On the off chance that Russia may have hosting rights of the next World Cup taken from them, due to various controversies, Coral offer a very tasty 10/1 that England to be next in line.
With everything already in place for a potential hosting, with no work needed to be done to stadiums or other infrastructure, this is one bet you should keep an eye on.
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