Roy Hodgson has named his squad for the European Champions this summer and there is no place for the experienced Rio Ferdinand, while uncapped duo John Ruddy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been called up. The bookmakers have now made England 12/1 favourites in the Euro 2012 odds, as punters react to the England squad selection.
And, of course, there are plenty of Euro 2012 free bets to pick up also, which is a great way to bet for free in the run up to the tournament.
Lots of people were hesitant to predict England’s chances until they knew who was on the plane. So now it has been announced, what does the betting look like?
There has certainly been plenty of discussion about players who have made it in and those who have missed out.
The bookmakers are now giving longer odds on Hodgson’s side lifting the trophy since the squad has been selected. The Three Lions have now been moved to 13/1, being overtaken by France as the fourth favourites to win the competition.
Andy Carroll has played his way into the squad with his performances for Liverpool over recent weeks.
The striker – who has scored three goals in seven matches for the Reds – could be asked to lead the line for Hodgson in the opening two games with Wayne Rooney being suspended. You can now back Carroll at 8/1 to be England’s highest goal scorer in the tournament.
Despite his ban for the first two matches, Rooney is still the favourite to end as Hodgson’s highest goal scorer. He is available at 5/1.
Looking at another talking point, a lot of eyes were on weather Rio Ferdinand and John Terry would be included in the squad. This is not the case though as Ferdinand finds himself left out of yet another European Championships.
Terry is almost certain to start the first game against France, but who will join him in the heart of defence?
Gary Cahill looks to be the most likely, especially as he plays with Terry for Chelsea and they look to have built a solid partnership.
The Chelsea duo are 4/5 to both start in central defence in France as England look to start Euro 2012 with three points.
Now the squad has been named, there is bound to be a lot of discussion and Hodgson will hope to learn more about his players in the two friendlies against Norway and Belgium.