ENGLAND are through to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 – and now the real competition begins.
The Three Lions have been solid but unspectacular in the opening three matches, negotiating the group stage with seven points and no goals conceded.
Fans are back in the stands and the country is right behind the Three Lions, who are looking to end 55 years of hurt by winning a major trophy.
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England were one of the ante-post favourites to lift the cup and SunSport is on hand to bring you the very best England bets ahead of a jam-packed month.
England top scorer
There’s plenty of attacking flair in this Southgate side, even if he’s sometimes criticised for blunting it to shield a shaky defence.
All of England’s play is garnered towards providing for their main forward.
But Harry Kane is failing to fire at the moment and looks jaded, with the Tottenham man still searching for his first tournament goal.
Raheem Sterling is now the odds-on market leader to top the England scoring charts after his two goals against Croatia and Czech Republic.
But it’s worth having a sneaky play on Phil Foden at 20/1.
The Man City youngster was rested against the Czechs and will have had his feet up for around 10 days by the time the Germany game comes around.
He was superb against Croatia – hitting the post early on – and could be the ace up Southgate’s sleeve against the Germans.
If he bags a couple, that 20/1 doesn’t last long.
How far will England progress?
Let’s face it – we’re all going to get giddy now that England have it through the groups.
After the year we’ve all had, you’re allowed to get a little bit excited.
But the way this tournament is set up, with Wembley front and centre of the schedule, England have arguably never had a better chance.
There’s real value elsewhere though and we’re happy to take the price on England reaching the semi-finals.
That’s an excellent 6/4 and is a safer bet with the potential schedule looking favourable should the Three Lions get past the last-16.
Negotiate past Germany and the competition really opens up – so don’t miss out on those early prices.
Last-16 – England vs Germany (Tuesday, 5pm)
It just had to be, didn’t it?
Germany were ten minutes away from crashing out of the tournament against Hungary, before a late Leon Goretzka strike saved Joachim Low’s side from an early exit.
They’ve blown very hot and cold so far, looking toothless against the French before putting four past Portugal.
A side in transition and with a new manager coming in after these Finals, the pressure is definitely off.
England have home advantage for this tie and a rocking Wembley could be a huge factor in how the game plays out.
Goals have been at a premium so far though and we’re not expecting that to change on Tuesday in the early 5pm slot.
Even with a week to prepare, don’t expect both teams to come flying out the traps and instead back under 2.5 goals at 8/13.
That’s been a winner in every England game so far in this tournament, with Southgate’s much-maligned defence proving a tough nut to crack.
If this is settled by the odd goal, Phil Foden could be the man to get it.
He has that ability to unlock a defence and create something out of nothing – and can give the ageing Max Hummels the runaround.
You can get Foden to score at a terrific 7/2 anytime, or 15/2 if you’re feeling brave on him netting first.
It wouldn’t be a clash against the Germans without a penalty shootout and there’s no harm in having a punt on that being the outcome, just in case.
You can get 5/1 on either team winning on spot-kicks – and that might soften the blow when the inevitable happens.
SunSport’s best bets
- Phil Foden to score at Wembley – 7/2
- Less than three goals – 8/13
- Match to be decided on penalties – 5/1
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