If it wasn’t for Wayne Rooney’s petulance against Montenegro, then England‘s so-called talisman would be near odds-on to end the Euros as England’s top goal scorer. But because of his two-game ban, which means he will miss England’s first two group matches, he could quite possibly play just one game for his country in the tournament if they struggle to find any team cohesion and fail to qualify.
That’s why his price is around the 5-1 mark to top the England goal scoring charts.
The fact he is the favourite still, speaks a lot for the calibre of players England have in reserve.
Still without a manager it is hard to predict which players will even be selected for the squad let alone who will fill the strikers’ role, however, the markets and many pundits are favouring that Rooney’s Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck could be the man for the job. It’s 13/2 for him to lead the England charts, but he’s not for us.
Ashley Young is next in the betting (7-1) but again it’s hard to predict whether he’ll be in the managers plan and the same goes for Theo Walcott, who is a 11-1 poke. Steven Gerrard at 9-1 looks a wiser investment, especially if Gerrard admirer Harry Redknapp takes the job.
The Liverpool man is bound to be on penalties and set pieces, and always carries a goal threat.
But the bet that catch our eye is a speculative dabble on a centre-half to be England’s top scorer. The Three Lions aren’t likely to be overly free scoring in the tournament and have a history in major tournaments of relying on set pieces to prosper.
At this moment Gary Cahill looks a likely starter in the heart of the defence and carries a huge set piece threat. He’s already bagged two international goals from eight caps and is a surprisingly good finisher for a defender.
It won’t take many goals to top the England charts, with even one goal looking a likely winning number. Cahill is certainly capable and rates as a very decent 66-1 shot.