England Euro 2012 Odds : Can underdogs tag inspire three lions?
For once a nation does not expect as England make the trip to Poland/Ukraine as 12/1 underdogs to lift the trophy.
Time after time we have seen the pressure get the better of players, but with many people predicting an early exit, can Roy Hodgson’s side prove all the doubters wrong at long odds of 12/1?
Predicting how England will do in the tournament is something that is extremely hard to do, especially as they have a new manager in Roy Hodgson.
It is not certain how they will play their football, although they can take heart from a 1-0 friendly win in Norway, a victory that will no doubt boost morale of the side.
The Three Lions find themselves in a difficult group that they will have to be at their best to progress from it. They go head to head with France, Ukraine and Sweden in what are sure to be three tough encounters.
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Despite their recent poor form in major tournaments, England have usually qualified for the knockout stages and you can back them at 8/15 to do so again this summer.
It has been in the knockout stages that England have struggled in though, especially the quarter finals. Hodgson will be hoping his men can get past this stage which is somewhat of a nemesis for the players. They are available at 21/10 to exit the competition in the last eight again this time around.
There is no doubt that on their day England are as good as anyone, especially when Wayne Rooney becomes eligible to play again. Finding the right balance and getting the team to gel is what previous managers have struggled with in recent years.
Hodgson will be hoping that his previous experience at international level will help him get the best out of his side.
It has been 46 years since they last won a major tournament, something that will upset supporters as they will feel the current generation has majorly under achieved. With expectation at almost the lowest it has been for some years, this could play into the teams favour.
They are 12/1 to lift the trophy in Poland and Ukraine.