With just under two weeks until the start of Euro 2012 England are unusually weak in the outright betting markets.

It even seems as though the patriotic punters, who usually back England blind – no matter what price they are, have yet to be convinced that they have any chance of winning the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

William Hill, who went joint shortest price on the Three Lions going all the way at 9/1, have had to lengthen their price to 10/1 because of the lack of interest in Roy Hodgson’s side.

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England struggled past Norway in their first-warm up match on Saturday, and it seems that the fans can expect a no thrills style of play from new manager Hodgson, whose focus looks to have centred around making his side hard to beat.

This may work the oracle in the knock-out stages of the competition, if England get that far, but it seems punters are worried about the Three Lions ability to score enough goals in the group stage to qualify to the latter stages.

Much will depend on the form of Andy Carroll, who many see as the catalyst as to whether England will have success, but with Ashley Young out wide there is sure to be a plentiful bounty of high quality crosses for the Liverpool man.

William Hill are currently 13/8 about England being knocked out in the group stages, a price which has proved popular with punters, as the Three Lions should have few problems in progressing from the Group, even if they come unstuck in their opening game against France.

What also may tempt punters into taking the 10/1 outright England win on offer with Hills is the brilliant free bet proposition the promotions team at Hills HQ have on offer for new customers.

They are currently offering a £25 free bet for new punters that sign up.

All you need to do is deposit £25 into the William Hill account, place your chosen bet and Hills will reward you with another £25 free bet.

Whether customers will chose to back England with their freebie looks very doubtful as they continue to be friendless in the win market.

That 10/1 could become 11/1 in the near future.