8/11 that seven or more of England’s starters against Denmark will kick off World Cup
It seems as if Roy Hodgson still has a lot of work to do with England, and really has some headache selections. Perhaps it’s not a great headache either, because the starting eleven against Denmark in the week really failed to impress and show big value in being trusted by the national boss to stick on the plane to Brazil in the summer.
The friendly was the last match England will play before Hodgson announces his World Cup squad and so it was surprising that the whole team was so flat. There was little energy from the home team, and they grabbed a somewhat tame 1-0 win thanks to Daniel Sturridge continuing his fine goalscoring form this season. He was 11-2 in the First Goalscorer market against Denmark.
Online betting site Bet365 are offering odds of 8/11 that seven or more of the starting eleven would be picked for England’s opening Group D game against Italy in June. They offer Even Money that six or fewer of the starting eleven against Denmark are selected for their World Cup opener.
The starting eleven for England were Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
It is probably fair game to suggest that Jart, Johnson, Gerard, Cahill, Rooney and Sturridge will be a lock, but the rest of the positions really look up for grabs, especially with Jack Wilshere having picked up an injury in the Denmark game which could see him miss the plane to Brazil 2014. Ashley Cole is likely to be replaced by Leighton Baines, Michael Carrick could be preferred to Henderson in the midfield, and Chris Smalling certainly isn’t a first choice centre half. You wonder whether Hodgson would throw Sterling into such a high pressure game.
England’s Group D opponents, Uruguay could only manage a 1-1 draw with their friendly with Austria, while Italy suffered a 1-0 defeat against Spain. Group outsiders Costa Rica managed a 2-1 win over Paraguay in their international friendly.