Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jack Grealish are now odds-on to secure a place in England’s 23-man squad for next summer’s European Championships after impressing in the 3-0 friendly win over Wales.
Making his international debut, in-form Everton striker Calvert-Lewin marked his first cap with the opening goal of the game, and in the process his chances of making the final cut next year went from odds-against to odds-on.
The 23-year-old already has 10 goals across all competitions for club and country this term, and if he maintains anything like his current form beyond Christmas his new odds of 8/13 to make the Euros squad will only shorten.
Calvert-Lewin’s goal was assisted by Villa midfielder Grealish, who was equally impressive in what was only his second cap for his country.
The 25-year-old, who represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level before switching allegiance to his country of birth, has been a star performer in the Premier League this season and odds of 4/6 that he makes Southgate’s squad looks a real steal at this early stage of the football season.
Meanwhile, Danny Ings – who also scored his first England goal against Wales – was one of the Premier League’s top scorers last season and has carried that form into the opening rounds of this year, yet the Southampton striker still has work to do if he’s to make the final cut, according to the odds.
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BetVictor’s odds-against price of 5/4 suggests Ings will not make the squad, with fellow strikers Harry Kane (1/20), Marcus Rashford (1/16) and Mason Greenwood (4/5) all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Ings will also have to compete with advanced attackers Raheem Sterling (1/16) and Jadon Sancho (1/16) for a place in the 23-man squad, which is so packed full of talent that bookies make England 9/2 favourites to win the tournament for the first time.
Wolves captain Conor Coady also got off the mark in the 3-0 win at Wembley in what was only his second cap, but the 27-year-old is in a long queue of quality centre-halves for Southgate to choose from.
A goal and a clean sheet in his latest outing have done his chances no harm though, with his chances of making the final squad improving from 7/2 to 7/4 following the Wales win.
Due to have been played in the summer of 2020, the Euros has been put back until the summer of 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it will retain the title ‘Euro 2020’ nonetheless.
The tournament is still planned to be staged all over Europe, rather than the traditional means of playing it in one or two neighbouring countries, but at this stage it is somewhat doubtful that we’ll have full stadiums within nine months.
That could force UEFA into a re-think on where to stage the finals, which could yet have a major impact on the outright betting odds, with England followed by France (6/1 Unibet), Belgium (7/1 888Sport) and Germany (7/1 William Hill) in the market.