The Three Lions were available at 15/1 at the beginning of the European Championship, although wins over Sweden and Ukraine followed a draw against France and there is a growing confidence that England can go all the way.
Roy Hodgson’s team have not played brilliantly in this tournament although they have found a way to continue their unbeaten run since the former Fulham manager replaced Fabio Capello and took charge of the national team.
Italy lie in wait on Sunday evening, with the Azzurri having narrowly missed out on pipping Spain at the top of Group C although Cesare Prandelli’s team will look upon this quarter final as a great chance to reach the Euro 2012 semi-finals.
It remains to be seen whether Mario Balotelli will line up against his Premier League counterparts in this game, although the Italians can also be backed at 9/1 with Ladbrokes and their Group C results were a mixed bag after two draws with Spain and Croatia before a 2-0 victory against Republic of Ireland.
Germany probably lie in wait in the semi-final of the competition, although Joachim Low’s side aren’t certainties to beat Greece, even if most firms are making them favourites for Euro 2012. A best price of 9/4 (Coral) is available about a German side who finished top of the Group of Death.
Spain will also be expected to make it to the semi-finals of the competition after being drawn with a French team who were warm favourites to win Group D ahead of their 2-0 defeat against Sweden which gives them a day less to prepare for a quarter final contest against the holders and world champions.
The Spanish are a best price 5/2 (BetVictor free bets) to claim a third consecutive major tournament and the same bookie will be hoping that another team can knock them out considering they offered Spain Again money back at the start of Euro 2012.
Portugal are the third favourites to win the European Championship and have a winnable quarter final tie against Czech Republic on Thursday night which would see them play either Spain or France in the semi-final.
The French are out to 12/1 having been as short as 8/1 going into tonight’s matches, while Czech Republic and Greece are regarded as the rags of the tournament despite qualifying as the top two teams in Group A.
Perhaps this duo are being underrated by the bookies considering they have nothing to lose from their respective quarter final matches and the Greeks were especially strong in defence when eliminating Russia.