England’s injury problems continue to cast a shadow over their preparations for Euro 2012 – but anyone calling it a crisis is overstating the issue somewhat.
Gary Cahill is the latest player to be ruled out of the tournament after he broke his jaw in a collision with Joe Hart in England’s 1-0 friendly victory over Belgium at the weekend.
The Chelsea defender joins Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and John Ruddy who have all had to pull out of Roy Hodgson’s initial 23-man squad.
However, whilst bad news for the player, the injury to Cahill isn’t going to make a
great deal of difference to England’s chances of winning the Euros.
England were out at 16/1 with Ladbrokes to win the tournament earlier in the week but have been cut to 12/1 to win their first ever European Championships.
There is more than adequate back-up for the former Bolton man with Joleon Lescott poised to slot in alongside John Terry and even if the title-winning Manchester City
defender gets injured, Everton’s Phil Jagielka is there to make up the numbers.
The current price of 12/1 is still pretty long for England going into a major international tournament but it’s hard to see them making it beyond the quarter finals, with a last eight clash against Spain looking likely.
A better bet may be to back them to win their group at 13/8 – the same price as France who are their first opponents in Group D.
Regardless of the England bet you decide to take on, don’t let the injury to Cahill change your mind – despite the problems, England still have plenty of quality at the back and his injury just isn’t that important to their chances.