England Euro 2012 latest odds, news and free bets

England may have won their two friendlies against Norway and Belgium, although the nation are not expecting too many victories for the Three Lions in Ukraine and Roy Hodgson’s team are drifting on the outright betting market

While Coral have clearly taken some big bets on England are only prepared to offer 9/1, the same does not apply with other bookmakers and the biggest price you can get about Hodgson’s men is 14/1 (bet365 £200 free bets), with the layers out to fill their satchel with patriotic punts.

It is easy to see why – Gary Cahill’s fractured jaw means that England are missing the Chelsea defender, his team-mate Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry for this tournament while star striker Wayne Rooney is sidelined for the first two matches with suspension.

Perhaps the England team will triumph in adversity, although many will be backing them to bow out at the group stage and the best price about that happening is 13/8 (Stan James free bets), a price that has been getting progressively shorter.

A quarter final exit still looks like a strong runner providing that the Three Lions avoid defeat against France in their opener and that’s on offer at 11/5 (Blue Square £25 free bet), while you can now get 5/1 (bet365) that England lose at the semi-final stage of the competition.

It will be interesting to see whether Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll will be selected for the match against France, with the manager looking as though he will select one of them to partner Ashley Young in attack.

Carroll is a 7/1 chance (William Hill) to be top England scorer, with Betfred offering the same odds about Welbeck although Young is more likely to start all three games and could be the player to back. Steven Gerrard is available at a slightly bigger 8/1.

You can also bet on how many group games England will win, with Stan James going 9/1 about Gerrard & Co landing the maximum three victories which would have the nation believing that it could be their year.

A more likely scenario is the 6/5 that the team grab one win, with the potential of a draw pretty strong when it comes to all three matches, including the Sweden game. England don’t have a great record against the Scandinavians.

You can also bet on which team will eliminate England from the tournament, with Spain the 10/3 favourites (BetVictor) on the basis that the winner of Group C plays the runner-up of Group D. Italy are a 9/1 chance and Germany are 10/1 although that would involve the Three Lions reaching the semi-final stage.

Ladbrokes also have a range of England specials including 5/1 (Ladbrokes) that the team win a penalty shoot-out and a tempting 6/1 that England go out on spot kicks, with Coral offering 20/1 that Germany beat the English on penalties.

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