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 Blues
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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