The European Championship from Poland/Ukraine are almost upon us as football fans settle down in front of their televisions for month as the best teams in Europe take part in this footballing showpiece, the Euro 2012 Championships.

Don’t forget that you can shop around for the odds which offer most value, as well as choose a variety of free bets Euro 2012 to pick up. Spain have been dominant in recent seasons, winning the World Cup, and with a midfield of Xavi, Iniesta and a strikerforce boasting Roberto Soldado, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo, as well as the forgotten men David Villa and Fernando Torres, on paper at least it would be foolish to back against them at Euro 2012 odds of 5/2.

Of course, Germany and the Netherlands are not far behind, and the Dutch as sure to see plenty of support with a midfield employing Wesley Schneider who is usre to supply the likes of Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

At 15/2 they could be worthy of attention.

Eight years ago Greece upset the odds by winning Euro 2004 against host nation Portugal, and the nation will be hoping the Three Lions can do the same, as they are definitely the underdogs going in to the Championship.

Roy Hodgeson has been appointed as the man to lead England, and with Harry Redknapp the majority of pundits and players choice, his appointment came as something of a surprise to many.

England are currently 12/1 to win the tournament, their longest price for decades going into a major tournament, and that price is sure to attract plenty of patriotic punters, who still feel that England have plenty to offer.

Much will depend on Wayne Rooney (40/1 top goalscorer), who is ‘due’ a tournament, but his petulant sending off and subsequent three match ban coming into the tournament means that the spotlight could fall on one of England’s up and coming stars.

Danny Welbeck (66/1 top goalscorer) could be set for a starting birth against France, in Hodgson’s opening game on June 11th, while for Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield this could be a last hurrah as age is definitley against them.

John Terry and Rio Ferdinand will also see this as one last chance for International honours, and it would be no suprise to actually see England really giving it a go in Poland.

In fact, this is the first time where a nation is not ‘expecting’ and with Spain suddenly looking vulnerable without their inspirational skipper Carlos Puyol, for once the tournament winner is not nailed on, and there are plenty of sides lower down the coupon which could put a run together.

Do England come into that category?

We’ll have a better insight when Englands Tournament kicks off against Les Bleues on June 11th.

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