Bookmakers report England Euro 2012 eased as attention turns to Norway friendly

The 23 English Lions have been announced, with some big shocks in the process.

Paddy Power report that odds on England have eased slightly, as they are offering free bets on Euro 2012, as the media and fans assess the squad.

Not many people saw Rio Ferdinand being over-looked, and fewer people could witness in their wildest nightmares that Stewart Downing would be selected over the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Johnson.

Andy Carroll was also another controversial inclusion as new England boss decided to take just four strikers with Wayne Rooney being suspended for the first two games, therefore leaving Peter Crouch and Bobby Zamora at home. The Liverpool man has found some form in recent weeks but has been pretty inept for the first six months of the season, scoring just nine goals in all competitions.

Attention now turns to the two England warm-up games against Norway in Oslo on May 26 and Belgium, in front of a jammed-packed Wembley stadium on June 2.

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Hodgson will undoubtedly give most of his side a run-out to evaluate what and who he decides to do for their all-important opening European Championship game against France.

The starting XI for that game against the French, which incidentally looks tantalisingly priced up at a rather juicy looking 11/5 by many bookmaking firms for a draw, has already had England supporters putting forward their views on who Hodgson should pick.

This interest has led bookmaker Betfred, who are still counting the cost of their wrong decision to pay out on Manchester United winning the Premier League title five weeks ago, to open a market up on which England player will make the starting XI against the French.

The big-guns, such as recently appointed skipper Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Joe Hart and John Terry are all heavily odds on but there are some attractive prices currently being snapped up by punters.

Carroll has reportedly been popular at 10/11, as has Phil Jones at 9/4, who is apparently fighting for the right back spot with Glen Johnson (1/3). Wildcard selection Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a 4/1 shot whilst other uncapped player John Ruddy is 33/1 to start as England number one.


Bobby James

As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).

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