Who will top score for them during the event? Who will make the starting lineup against Russia? Will the Three Lions win their group? So many questions heading into Euro 2016 for the Three Lions. As the nation gets behind the country, Betting on England at the Euro 2016 championships is going to be rampant. Who doesn't like a patriotic wager on the Three Lions going all the way to win the title? That's the dream for all England fans, to win the title for the first time in their history.
But can they do it? Can Roy Hodgson's young squad deliver the goods and put some past major tournament disasters behind their predecessors? England are blessed with a crop of exciting young talent, from Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Dele Alli and Daniel Sturridge through to the quality attacking full backs of Kyle Walker and Nathaniel Clyne, all backed up with one of Europe's best keepers in Joe Hart. So England have the potential to deliver. So let's look at Betting on England at the Euro 2016 championship.
England Euro 2016 Stage of Elimination
England fans haven't had too much to write home about in previous European championships really. Their biggest success was going to the semi finals back in 1996 on their home turf. That, along with the 1968 edition is the only time that the Three Lions have gotten to the final four. There have been disappointing quarter finals exits in 2004 and 2012 with a group stage bomb at Euro 2000 and they didn't even make it to Euro 2008. But this look a bit bright this time around and they should get out of their group at the very least.
England face Wales, Russia and Slovakia in their group and they are big 6/1 price to get eliminated at the group stage.
It's not likely to happen, with potentially three of the four teams getting out of there. So that sends you to the Last 16 as the first stop on the England Stage of Elimination. England's opposition there is completely up in the air because of finishing positions which could be first, second or third in the group. That will send them in vastly different directions. Assuming they win Group B (which they are favourites to do) that would mean a Round of 16 match against a third placed team from group A, C or D, which could be a nice draw for them.
England to go out at the last 16 is a 5/2 quote and that would frankly, be a disappointing result for Hodgson's men. A quarter final exit is 9/4, the semi finals is 5/1 and England finishing as runners up is a 7/1 punt.
To Lose on Penalties?
A lot of England's international heartbreak has been caused by penalties. Online Betting site Sportingbet have a price of 4/5 that England will be eliminated from Euro 2016 by a penalty shoot out
, so that doesn't sound very optimistic for the Three Lions. Then you realise that the last three occasions that they have gone out of the European Championship knockout stages, has been via a shootout.
England Top Goalscorer
There are question marks as how much input Wayne Rooney is going to have in the tournament
. He was among the goals during qualification but his position may have been raised with the loss of Danny Welbeck who has been ruled out through injury. Rooney is 4/1 to finish Euro 2016 as top goalscorer, but as England fans will attest, he really hasn't stepped up for his country when it has mattered most at international finals.
Therefore Harry Kane is a 5/2 outright favourite to be England's top goalscorer at Euro 2016 and looks a great punt.
He is class all round, powerful in the air and great with the ball at his feet. He will be riding high and full of confidence after another great season with Spurs in the Premier League. He could be England's star. Then you have Daniel Sturridge
who has the pace to unlock any defence but he is out at 8/1 to top score for England
. Which leaves Jamie Vardy
. The Leicester man is likely to be used off the bench
quite a bit to add pace to the game against tiring defences. Nothing wrong with that and that could be a role he fills very well.
England Euro 2016 Outright Winner Odds
The Three Lions, on the back of their positive qualification campaign, have been trading strongly in the Euro 2016 outright winner market. Only France and Germany (10/3 at Bet365) and Spain (11/2 Paddy Power)
are shorter priced than England are to win the tournament. England are running at an industry best price of 9/1 with online betting site Coral to take the title.
They are seven games from glory. They are confident and a young, brave side. If there was one concern, it would be over their defence, but can they compensate for that and most of all, actually show some positive attacking intent to live up to potential and not be a deer in headlights like they usually are in tournaments?
England's history at the European Championships
Did Not Enter/Qualify: 1960, 1964, 1972, 1976, 1984, 2008
Group Stage Exit: 1980, 1988, 1992, 2000
Quarter Final Exit: 2004, 2012
Semi Final Exit: 1968, 1996
England's overall match record in European Championship matches is W9 D9 L9 GS36 GA31
Penalty Shootout exits:
Germany 1996 semi finals, Portugal 2004 quarter finals, Italy 2012 quarter finals. So in total, in three of their four visits to the knockout stage of the European Championships, England have been knocked out on penalties, including their last three in a row.