Germany signal their intent as bookmakers trim England to 8/1 ahead of clash with Italy

Joachim Low's side eased into the semi-finals after rotating their squad. Bookmakers have also moved to keep England onside as their liabilities mount up on the Three Lions
Eyebrows were raised in some quarters when news filtered through of Joachim Low's decision to rest Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolksi and Thomas Muller against Greece in their quarter-final match, but his decision was vindicated by the final whistle.

The changes, which also included the return of Jerome Boateng in place of Lars Bender meant that Germany's combined starting 11 on Friday evening had yet to score a Euro 2012 goal.

The players that Low bought in proved why no-one, not even top scorer Mario Gomez, can consider himself a guaranteed starter for the national side.

Gomez's replacement, Miroslav Klose, nodded in his first tournament goal to continue his impressive goalscoring record at international level and present a selection headache ahead of Germany's next game against either England or Italy.

The incoming Marco Reus also found the net in a convincing 4-2 victory which featured four different goalscorers for Die Mannschaft.

The win was not only an impressive display of free-flowing, attacking football but also a warning to their future opponents of their strength in depth as they move ominously into their fourth consecutive semi-final at a major tournament. Germany are now 7/4 (2.75) to win with Sportingbet.

Meanwhile, British bookmakers have trimmed England's price to win Euro 2012 into 8/1 (9.0) ahead of their quarter-final match against Italy following a rush of bets on Roy Hodgson's side proving victorious on July 1 in Kiev.

There had been a feeling of uncharacteristic apathy amongst the English betting public ahead of the tournament with quotes of 16/1 (17.0) available on the Three Lions.

However, following England topping Group D and avoiding Spain in the first knockout game, the liabilities have begun to rack up on an English victory and the bookmakers have responded accordingly.

Sportingbet cannot split England and Italy ahead of Sunday's match with both priced at 17/20 (1.85) to qualify, but Roy Hodgson's men do have the slightest of favouritism in the match odds market at 17/10 (2.70) while the Azzuri are available at 47/25 (2.88), the draw trades at 2/1 (3.0) with the same firm.

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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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