John Terry now just 4/9 not to make England's Euro 2012 squad

Despite an FA Cup win this season, the odds on the Chelsea captain not making Roy Hodgson's squad have been slashed to 4/9 as he looks set to miss out on this summer's tournament
It seems that John Terry just can not stop grabbing the headlines at the moment, his actions both on and off the pitch in recent months have culminated in William Hill slashing the price on him missing out on England's 23-man squad for Euro 2012 to 4/9 (1.44).

The 31-year-old's odds of making the squad have been pushed out several times in the last few weeks following interest from those backing him not to travel, punters can now back him at 13/8 (2.63) to play a part in Poland and Ukraine.

A string of disappointing performances, especially in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, mean the former England captain could miss out on representing the Three Lions, and he did not help himself with his display against Liverpool in the Premier League on Tuesday.

A torrid first half saw Terry booked, out of position and beaten for pace on several occasions by the Liverpool front line as the Reds went on to triumph 4-1 to leave Chelsea's chances of playing in next season's Champions League resting solely on victory against Bayern Munich. Terry will miss that game, of course, due to his suspension.

New England boss Roy Hodgson will have several selection headaches on his hands this summer, none more so than the centre-back partnership. Graeme Sharpe from William Hill commented: "There will always be speculation about whether an incoming manager will look to make his mark by including or excluding a significant personality in his first squad and this is no different".

Terry is scheduled to appear in court after the European Championship, charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand - a charge he strenuously denies.

But the potential selection of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, brother of Anton, together with impressive recent displays from Manchester City's Joleon Lescott and Terry's Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill, mean the 4/9 (1.44) available from William Hill on him not to make the cut seems fair. But does such a short price offer value for one of England's most experienced players not to travel?

There are questions over Rio Ferdinand's fitness, although the 33-year-old has played much of the second half of Manchester United's season, can Hodgson overlook Terry, who has over 70 caps for his country in order to accommodate Ferdinand purely on the back of issues off the field?

Without a doubt there are capable replacements for Terry's place but at 13/8 (2.36) with William Hill, those hunting the value may be more inclined to back the Chelsea captain to be in the reckoning when the squad is announced, rather than out of it.

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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