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It seems like the build up has been going on all year for this game, but the wait is finally over as new England boss Roy Hodgson takes his new look England side to the Donbass Arena in Donesk to face Laurent Blanc’s French outfit.
Predictably, the bookmakers have made France the favourites for the game at a very back able price of 6/4, although there are plenty of pundits, fans and punters who are expecting good things from this England side, who have been written off before they have even kicked a football in anger.
Two solid victories in the warm up over Norway and Belgium, including two clean sheets has been a good start for Hodgson, although the French will be a much sterner test.
Of course, they must make do without Wayne Rooney who is serving a two match ban after his petulant sending off in the game with Montenegro, meaning much of the emphasis will probably fall on the shoulders of Danny Welbeck, with the Man Utd star 8/1 to score first with Paddy Power.
Those seeking a bit more value could look to his team mate at Old Trafford Ashley Young, who has looked sharp in the warm up games and can be backed at 10/1 to find the net first.
Of course, the French are a team of supreme quality, who are unbeaten under the leadership of Laurent Blanc in 21 matches, and Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema looks the most likeliest threat going forward.
He can be backed at 5/1 to open the scoring.
The French, on paper at least look the far stronger of the sides, and with the experience of Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry missing in midfield, this could be a long afternoon for Gerrard and co.
Stewart Downing will be brought into the side to to provide the supply to Welbeck, but to be fair, the ex Villa man has not sparkled for Liverpool this season and his selection doesn’t exactly set the pulses racing.
Frank Ribery will line up opposite and the Bayern Munich man has plenty of guile to cause the England defence all sorts of problems – he will be ably assisted by Samir Nasri.
We’ll be backing Benzema to score first, with the safety net of Paddy Power’s refund should England cause one of the shocks of the tournament and send the England fans home in ecstasy.