Roy Hodgson's England selections raised plenty of questions and Jim Knight takes a look at what that might mean for the opening game against Les BluesOnce the controversy dies down around Roy Hodgson’s squad selection, the next hurdle for the new England boss will be defining the best 11 to take on France – and Sportingbet make Andy Carroll 6/5 (2.20) to lead the line in Donetsk.
With Wayne Rooney watching from the stands, the battle is on between Danny Welbeck (8/11), Jermain Defoe (5/2) and Carroll to replace him and while the big man has endured a testing season at Liverpool, his end-of-season form held notable promise.
Welbeck appears to be the popular choice, having played a key role for Manchester United this season, but could Hodgson be tempted to pair him with a more physical partner?
Or should the new chief stick with Capello’s 4-3-3 system, would Carroll not be better suited to the lone role?
Another decision to be made is on the centre-back partnership, with Terry now considered the most likely half. Sportingbet go 8/13 (1.73) it is club team-mate Gary Cahill who gets the nod alongside him, with Joleon Lescott 5/2 (3.50) to be handed his chance.
If Terry is omitted, the prices start to swell considerably, with Cahill-Lescott 6/1 (7.0) and either half of that pairing to team up with Phil Jones deemed a 20/1 (21.0) shot.
Elsewhere the midfield looks a settled proposition, injury-depending, with Scott Parker 4/7 (1.57) to line-up along with confirmed skipper Steven Gerrard (1/6) and Frank Lampard (4/6), though 4/6 (1.67) Gareth Barry or even 5/2 (3.50) Jones might yet be a wildcard pick.
On the wings you might expect Ashley Young (1/3) and Theo Walcott to be assured of their selection, but Hodgson promised he would be brave enough to start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if the time was right – and at 5/1 (6.0) the teenager is the biggest price on offer.
Tip – Andy Carroll to start vs France at 6/5 (2.20) with Sportingbet
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com 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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