England look to be having their most comfortable qualification for a major tournament since the days of Sven with a place at Euro 2012 looking all but guaranteed.
The fact that England should now have no problems with qualifying means punters are getting stuck into the Euro 2012 Odds. England are now just 8/1 with most bookies.
England had been as big as 12/1 to win Euro 2012 after a disappointing World Cup but as is often the case, England are being more heavily backed the closer we get to the tournament. The amount of patriotic money placed on England shouldn’t be underestimated and as usual England will go into a major tournament as one of the favourites. This time around there could be real cause for optimism though, the underachieving ‘Golden Generation’ of Terry, Ferdinand, Gerrard and Lampard are being gradually phased out in favour of younger players such as Smalling, Cahill, Wilshere and Young and the freshness they have brought to the England set up has been crucial.
This promise and improvement shown by England has not been lost on the bookies who now rate England just behind World Cup finalists Holland who are the current third favourites. Spain are of course the favourites being the European and World champions whilst Germany are the other side who are rated more likely winners than England next summer. For a full list of Euro 2012 Odds click here.
England have had some close calls in recent European Championships. They, of course, failed to qualify in 2008 but in 2004, England were eliminated rather unluckily on penalties against Portugal who went on to reach the final. In 1996 it was a similar story, England went out to eventual winners Germany in the semi final on penalties. If England were good at penalties they would surely have had more success at international level but this current squad looks to have plenty of quality penalty takers in it. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Darren Bent and even Leighton Baines have scored plenty of goals from the spot which could give England more confidence when it comes to possible shootouts at Euro 2012.
Those looking to back the England Euro 2012 Odds, should do so sooner rather than later in order to get the best odds available as they are likely to be even shorter in the lead up to the tournament, especially if they get a favourable draw. Early signs are that this new England side has plenty about them and the confidence to do very well at Euro 2012. For odds and further analysis on England’s chances at Euro 2012 as well as all the other teams who will be playing in Ukraine and Poland click on any of the links above.