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England 12/1 to win Euro 2016 as Hodgson delivers upbeat message


England fourth favourites for Euro 2016 as they look to continue 100% qualification record

England have been flawless in Euro 2016 qualifying thus far and their six straight wins means the Three Lions are heading to France next summer.

Since winning 2-0 in Basel a year ago, Roy Hodgson’s team have put their 2014 World Cup disappointment behind them, with betfair now offering a best price 12/1 about an England triumph although William Hill go shorter with their 10/1 quote.

Some would scoff at the prospect of backing England to win a major tournament considering the Three Lions failed to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil, losing matches to Italy and Uruguay before a goalless draw dead rubber against Costa Rica.

However, Jonjo Shelvey has revealed Hodgson’s team-talks have been very positive and upbeat, calling for the squad to carry their qualifying momentum into the tournament proper and shine on the biggest European stage.

“He said we can either go one way, keep winning and stay the way we are, or we can go up another level in our performances,” said Shelvey. “Because there’s no reason why the England team, with the players we’ve got in this country, can’t go to the European Championships and win it.

“And that’s what Roy Hodgson wants us to do and what we all want to do. It was quite an upbeat meeting. He also spoke about winning all 10 games in the group and hopefully we can go out and do that. There’s no reason why we can’t and I think we’ve got the ability in the team. No matter who plays, I feel anyone can do a job. But first we must get these two wins. The manager just made it clear he wants us to win and I’m sure we can.”

Germany are the 3/1 favourites with bet365 to win Euro 2016 although the world champions have a little work to ensure a top two spot for qualification, with hosts France available at 4/1.

Spain are 13/2 chances after a fall from grace at the 2014 World Cup, with Belgium a 12/1 poke after reaching the quarter finals in Brazil.

Wales are currently top of Belgium’s qualifying group and Coral offer 125/1 about Chris Coleman’s team winning the tournament.

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