England Euro 2012 odds shorten following victory in Norway report Paddy Power

Roy Hodgson has picked his 23-man squad to play represent England in Euro 2012, as Paddy Power bookmakers report free bets and shortening England betting odds following victory in Norway.

There is now a sense of optimism amongst the general public, after Ashley Young’s solitary goal ensured victory for Hodgson in his first match in charge.

With Germany losing and Spain with injury worries in key areas coming into the tournament, this years’ tournament looks to be wide open, as the pressure is definitely lifted off the three lions, which will no doubt work to their advantage.

Victory over France in their opening Group D match would certainly see a wave of excitement engulf fans and media alike – can England pull off a Euro 2012 shock?

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With the first match against France just weeks away, there is already talk about who will be in the starting eleven.

The likes of Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, John Terry and Glen Johnson all seem certain to start, but who will join then?

Terry will of course need someone to partner him in central defence and the most likely candidate at the moment appears to be his club team mate Gary Cahill.

Cahill has been a great signing for Chelsea after joining from Bolton in January and in the recent Champions League final against Bayern Munich, was nothing short of outstanding. You can back him starting against France at 4/6.

With Wayne Rooney being suspended for the first two matches, Roy Hodgson will be looking for someone with a presence to lead the line. This job could fall to Andy Carroll. The Liverpool striker has played his way into the squad with his performances in recent weeks.

Carroll can be used as part of a front two and is more than capable of playing up front on his own so he offers great versatility. A place in the starting line up for the Geordie is available at 5/4.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finds himself in the squad at just 18-years old. The Arsenal midfielder has certainly impressed for his club this season, especially in the Champions League, so he has proved himself at the highest level.

Oxlade- Chamberlain offers a different dimension to the side with his raw pace and dribbling ability. He is an outsider to be named in the starting eleven though, being offered at 4/1.

The first match for England gets underway on the 11th June and it is sure to be a tough task against a strong France side.

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