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It may have been a very poor summer for England at Euro 2016 but the time for reflection and licking their wounds is now over. On Sunday, England get back down to action with a new manager and World Cup qualification firmly in their sights.
Sam Allardyce gets his time as England manager under way with a potentially tricky trip to Belgrade to take on Slovakia. The Three Lions are the clear favourites to win Group F of UEFA qualifying but this is about as tough a match as they could get first up. Although Scotland and Slovenia will be no walkovers, Slovakia are the Group F side most likely to take three points off England.
England 21/20 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 23/10 (Sky Bet)
Slovakia 16/5 (Ladbrokes)
The England players have been talking positively about the very early stages of Sam Allardyce’s time in charge. Nobody in the squad is going to openly criticise the new boss but it is no surprise that a manager who is regarded as one of the best motivators in the game has already begun to win his new charges over.
Allardyce himself has spoken about the need not just to win matches but to entertain the fans to in turn win them over. England fans are incredibly jaded after the another woeful performance at the Euros. Players often talk about the importance of being backed by their fans but this time around Allardyce’s England need to prove themselves worthy of support. That can start on Sunday night.
The bookies have all made England the favourites but the fact that they are odds against shows that this could really go either way. There is no doubt that England will have to play very well to win. They will have to be at the levels they reached when winning all 10 matches in qualifying for Euro 2016 and take on board the new instructions from Allardyce.
A tough first test could be just what the players and Allardyce need to start proving themselves. England tend to qualify well and they look the team to back at best odds of 21/20 with Ladbrokes.
England 1-0 @ 5/1 (Paddy Power)
Draw 1-1 @ 6/1 (William Hill)
Draw 0-0 @ 7/1 (BetVictor)
England 2-0 @ 17/2 (BetVictor)
Slovakia 1-0 @ 17/2 (Paddy Power)
England 2-1 @ 17/2 (Betfair)
England’s game against Slovakia in the group stage of Euro 2016 was one of a number of low points in the tournament. Roy Hodgson made six changes to his team but the gamble didn’t pay off as England laboured to a 0-0 draw.
This time around England will have a different feel to them as will Slovakia. Jan Kozak remains in charge but he has dropped some experience pros in a bid to refresh his team. The experienced manager will be taking each game as it comes. He’ll know that the best chance of upsetting the odds is by making life as difficult as possible for the visitors. That means digging deep and stopping the likes of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney from making a difference.
The favourite selections in the Correct Score market point towards a low scoring match. The amount of tension that both teams will be feeling and the desire not to get off to a losing start makes a high scoring thriller look unlikely. England should be able to get the job done and either the 1-0 correct score at 5/1 or 2-0 to England at 17/2 are worthy of consideration.
Harry Kane 5/1 (bet365)
Daniel Sturridge 11/2 (Paddy Power)
Jamie Vardy 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
No Goalscorer 13/2 (Sky Bet)
Wayne Rooney 6/1 (William Hill)
Theo Walcott 8/1 (Sky Bet)
Jakub Sylvestr 9/1 (Coral)
Marek Hamsik 9/1 (Paddy Power)
There was a lot of interest in Allardyce’s first England squad but there were few surprises save for a first call up for Michail Antonio. Allardyce also decided against removing the captaincy from Wayne Rooney. That means the former Sunderland and West Ham manager will have to work out a way of including Rooney into his team. The most likely position for the captain is in the sort of withdrawn role he has been playing for Manchester United this season.
The bookies have priced up Rooney in the First Goalscorer market accordingly with each of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge rated as more likely to open the scoring. However, the man to side with is Raheem Sterling.
Pep Guardiola has made a real effort with Sterling, texting the forward before officially taking over at Manchester City and playing a key role in his development. That sort of hands on management worked for Sterling under Brendan Rodgers and could work well for England if Allardyce takes a similar approach. Sterling has started the season very well for City and his pace will be a key attribute so bet on him to score first at 11/1.
England to win at 21/20 with Ladbrokes
Raheem Sterling to score first at 11/1 with bet365