Wayne Rooney heavily likely to line up for England for their Euro 2016 opener on Saturday 11 June
The world and his wife might want Jamie Vardy to line up for England on 11 June when the Three Lions kick off their Euro 2016 campaign, although BetVictor make him just an even money chance to start the game.
The Leicester forward might find himself on the bench against Russia despite an amazing season that has helped the Foxes win the title, with Wayne Rooney regarded as being five times more likely to line up in this match.
BetVictor expect Joe Hart, Harry Kane and Chris Smalling to be the first three names on the teamsheet, while Gary Cahill, Eric Dier and Dele Alli are also trading at big odds-on.
Then comes Rooney at 1/5, with Danny Rose expected to line up at left-back ahead of Ryan Bertrand, while Nathaniel Clyne is 1/2 to get the nod ahead of Kyle Walker.
The rest of the team is far from clear, although Jack Wilshere looks a spot of value at 4/5, while that man Vardy might simply be too good to be left out. The Leicester man could be a touch at even money.
The Three Lions are 4/6 at BetVictor to top Group B with Russia 10/3, Wales 9/2 and Slovakia 8/1; Russia finished eight points behind Austria in qualifying runners up in Group G edging out Sweden who went on to make this summer’s tournament via the play-offs.
Leonid Slutski’s side only conceded five goals in 9 qualifying games, their match in Montenegro was abandoned just after the hour at 0-0, which suggests they will be difficult to break down but I would be disappointed if Roy Hodgson’s side didn’t make a winning start; yes, we have been disappointed before in similar contests but this looks a gilt-edged opportunity. England are Even money at BetVictor to win in Marseille with Russia 31/10 and the draw 9/4.
Roy Hodgson has an excellent array of inform strikers at his disposal ahead of the competition and it will be interesting to see if the England boss takes just the four strikers or whether he shoehorns Manchester United’s exciting young striker Marcus Rashford into the 23-man squad.