England manager Roy Hodgson is due to announce his Three Lions squad for Euro 2016 later this week but thanks to some supposed bumbling on the FA’s part many believe they already know the make-up of the squad.
However, we’re still offering odds on a host of players and given the leak there is some great value to be had, while there’s still a couple of chances for some players to make a last minute impression on the national manager.
First up, here’s the supposed leaked squad..
Goalkeepers – Joe Hart, Tom Heaton, Fraser Forster
Defenders – Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jagielka, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones
Midfielders – Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere
Forwards – Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy
Stand-by list – John Ruddy, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Marc Albrighton, Fabian Delph, Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe
And here are five players we think look good value to make it onto the plane…
Luke Shaw @ evens
Shaw hasn’t featured in a game for club for country since breaking his leg in a Champions League clash with PSV back in September so the temptation to back him and potentially double your money depends on how much faith you have in the leaked list.
The 20-year-old was in inspiring form before his injury lay-off, however, and with six England caps is clearly rated by Hodgson. Has he returned to fitness at just the right time?
Fabian Delph @ 2/1
Another man supposedly on the standby list, Delph’s career has stagnated somewhat through injury and squad rotation since joining Manchester City. The 26-year-old is fit again and playing regularly, having featured in seven City games since the start of April and once again has been a favourite of the England manager in recent months.
Andy Carroll @ 6/1
Carroll has shaken off his latest injury set back and returned to the West Ham fold in fine form. Six goals from his last eight games, including a hat-trick against Arsenal, prove he still has an eye for goal and as the only “alternative option” up front any injury to the supposed chosen four would likely see a return to international duty beckon for the man with nine caps and two goals to his name.
Jermain Defoe @ 8/1
Given the strength of the four strikers supposedly already on the plane it is likely to take an injury to either Rooney, Kane, Sturridge or Vardy for a forwards spot to become available but if it does few can lay bigger claims to it than Defoe.
Of the Premier League’s English strikers only Kane and Vardy have bagged more goals than the Sunderland man. With 18 goals from 33 games in all competition the former Tottenham man has turned back the years and fired a lacklustre Black Cats side to the brink of survival. With 19 goals from 55 England caps few are better placed to answer the call should the Three Lions injury curse strike once more.
Marcus Rashford @ 10/1
It may well be too early for the 18-year-old but having scored a winning goal in a Manchester derby claims he isn’t ready for the big stage seem flimsy.
Set to return to the Manchester United starting XI against West Ham tonight the youngster could well add to the seven goals he’s scored in a debut campaign.
If it’s fearlessness, raw natural talent and youthful exuberance England require in France, look no further than the Red Devils starlet.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.