This summer, Roy Hodgson will lead England to the European Championship in France as they attempt to emulate the heroes of 1966 – exactly fifty years on from the nation’s only success at a major tournament. Because of England’s poor run in recent years, many fans have dismissed their chances but they stand a great chance of reaching the latter stages of the competition IF Hodgson gets his squad selection correct.
England’s organised, reliable defensive displays were a key reason for their 100% win record throughout the qualifying campaign and the Three Lions will need to stay compact this summer if they’re going to compete for glory. With Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill protecting Joe Hart’s goal, they have two competent central defenders whilst the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Rose are likely to start at full-back.
Hodgson’s men conceded just three goals in ten qualifying matches and the Three Lions will be looking to keep things tight at the back this summer. In competitive tournament play, it is vital that England don’t ship goals easily – especially against the likes of France, Germany and Spain. If you present these nations with too many chances, you will eventually be punished.
As of May 11th, England are priced at 9/1 with Betway to win the European Championship this summer. If they are to lift the trophy in July, Hodgson’s men will need to be at their brilliant best in attack. On paper, England boast one of the strongest and most talented rosters in the competition and supporters will be expecting plenty of goals throughout the tournament, especially if they reach the latter stages of the event.
Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are currently leading the way at the top of the Premier League goal-scoring charts and Hodgson must try to include both players in his starting line-up this summer. Kane is lethal inside the penalty area but Vardy’s work rate will appeal to Hodgson, particularly when playing a high-pressing game. And with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli in behind the frontmen, England will create an abundance of chances.
England will kick off their Euro 2016 bid against Russia in Marseille. This is arguably their hardest group stage game and the Three Lions will be looking for all three points as they look to qualify for the last-16. At the time of writing, Hodgson’s men are priced at 21/20 with Betway to win their opener and in fact, England’s match odds are now live for the entire group stage on their website.
It won’t be easy but if England can play like they did in their 3-2 victory over Germany, they have a shot. Roy Hodgson isn’t renowned for his tactical prowess but England’s sheer ability and talent in attacking areas may be enough. France and Germany remain the primary rivals but if the Three Lions get lucky, they could find safe passage to the quarter-finals and from there, who knows… anything is possible.