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Phil Kitromilides takes a look at the players in the running to be the top scorer for Roy Hodgson's side at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine

Following his goal in England's opening draw against France, the unlikely figure of Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott leads the betting to be the country's top scorer at Euro 2012. Sportingbet price him at 7/2 (4.50) to score the highest number of goals for the national team, although the centre-back is not necessarily the likeliest source of goals among Roy Hodgson's men.

Next in the betting comes the more established figure of Wayne Rooney who despite his suspension for England's next game against Sweden is priced at 11/2 (6.50) to be the side's top scorer. Rooney will not feature until the final group game against Ukraine, yet such is his prowess in front of goal that he is still regarded as the likeliest top scorer after Lescott.

The fact that it was a defender who has scored the Three Lions' only goal of the tournament so far surely aids Rooney, although the likes of Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young potentially have the chance to gain an advantage over Rooney as both are likely to feature against the Swedes.

Welbeck is priced at 13/2 (7.50) while Young is offered at the same odds and given his scoring form for the national side (five goals in eight games), that could be a shrewd investment.

Further down the betting comes captain Steven Gerrard at 8/1 (9.00) with the Liverpool midfielder making a habit of scoring important and often spectacular goals throughout his career.

Exciting youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed during England's opening match, and despite never having scored a goal for England, he is available at 16/1 (17.00) to be the top scorer.

The real outsiders are, as one would expect, the defenders with Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka all priced at 100/1 (101.00).

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter 

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