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After a disappointing result at the weekend, England were knocked out of the tournament, but our tipster Hugh Wilson is backing the Three Lions to finish on a high, with a 10/3 bet

Saturday saw a low point for England Under-21s and Stuart Pearce, as they lost convincingly to Norway and therefore have been prevented from progression.

A first-half blitz from the Norwegians gave England a mountain to climb and with their opening game loss to Italy, they are now only playing for pride as they face the hosts Israel. 

Guy Luzon’s men have an outside chance of qualifying, if they can beat England and hope Italy beat Norway with a huge goal swing, then the host nation will progress to the final stages.

England come into this game bottom of the group and with Pearce under a huge amount of pressure, only a win will draw back some pride.

Before the Championship, England had won nine of their 10 matches before they faced Italy. That form seems to have gone out of the window, but Paddy Power price them as favourites at 4/6 (1.66) for the win.

Israel were soundly beaten by the impressive Italy at the weekend, but a draw with Norway in the opening game still gives them a glimmer of hope of qualifying.

The host nation have only played two matches in just under three years, but looked like a solid unit in their first match. Paddy Power price them as outsiders at 16/5 (4.20) to take three points. The same firm prices the draw at 11/4 (3.75).

Paddy Power are also refunding losing bets on first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets if the game has at least three goals.

Despite having a woeful tournament and missing a lot of players, England should have enough class to take care of Israel. Their form before the tournament cannot be ignored and the price of 4/6 (1.66) of them winning the game should not be either.

For those looking for more value, it’s worth backing one of the Three Lions most consistent performer to find the net in 90 minutes.

Craig Dawson, who netted a penalty against Norway at the weekend, has scored six goals in 11 matches for the Under-21s. The West Brom defender is a long 10/3 (4.33) with Paddy Power to score anytime.

England Under 21 to win at 4/6 (1.66) with Paddy Power
Craig Dawson to score anytime at 10/3 (4.33) with Paddy Power

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