One of the many conundrums new England manager Roy Hodgson has to solve is to what centre-back pairing will form the base of their Euro 2012 campaign.
Hodgson is very much a manager who likes to build from the back rather than the front. Laying a strong foundation in the heart of the England defence will prove one of the main goals the recently appointed gaffer will look to address.
The options however, are far from endless and are likely to cause a real headache for Hodgson with the current problems regarding the Ferdinand and Terry families.
Rio Ferdinand and John Terry, when both fit, have been the first choice centre back pairing for England for the last decade but there have been significant doubts about whether Ferdinand would be on board to play in the same side as John Terry, who is due in court on 9 July on charges of racially abusing Ferdinand’s younger brother Anton.
The two families are said to be at loggerheads over the incident and it looks very unlikely at this stage that Ferdinand and Terry will make the squad, let alone start the first game against France. Saying that, Coral make it just a 9/4 chance that the two start the first game.
Hodgson is due to talk to both players in the next few weeks and will make a decision on what route to take.
What are the other options for Hodgson then?
Currently the market leaders are for Terry and Chelsea teammate Gary Cahill to start the first game at just evens money. The two looked to have formed a good understanding at club level but whether Terry will be picked for the squad is still up in the air and therefore that price makes no appeal whatsoever.
Other viable options for Hodgson are Terry/Joleon Lescott (5/1), Ferdinand/Cahill (5/1) and an interesting option of picking either Ferdinand or Terry and going with a Cahill/Lescott (10/1) partnership.