England Squad Odds: Eze, Sancho, Wharton, White & Dier Bolters for Euro 2024

England Squad Odds: Eze, Sancho, Wharton, White & Dier Bolters for Euro 2024

The definites, maybe men and bolters for Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 England squad.

The Premier League season may have finished, but the drama is certainly far from over as Euro 2024 starts in just three weeks’ time. 

At 100/30 (Betway), the Three Lions are the favourites to win heading into the tournament after their heartbreaking penalty defeat at Wembley in the 2020 edition of the tournament. 

What time is the England squad announced today?

On Tuesday at 1pm GMT (14:00 BST), England manager, Gareth Southgate, will name his provisional squad to travel to the European Championships, hosted by historic rivals, Germany. 

But, who will be given the chance to go one better and maybe, just maybe, after 58 years of hurt, finally bring it home?

England Squad Odds for Euro 2024

It’s fair to say that England’s starting XI almost picks itself. There’s a few headaches and certain positions with question marks hanging over them, but, by-and-large, we can safely assume who will be the 11 on the pitch come Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on June 16th.

That puts England in a strong position, we know who’s who, and what’s what. But we don’t know who the maybes, backups and bolters will be. 

So, there is plenty yet to be decided. We know who the bookmakers think will be on the plane, but who will actually join Bellingham, Kane and Rice on the road to Germany?

England Goalkeepers for Euro 2024

As we all know, this one is a case of who will support Jordan Pickford. Despite his dethroning as Arsenal’s number one, Aaron Ramsdale remains the bookies’ favourite to deputise for Pickford at 1/10. It’s the third goalkeeper spot that’s giving Southgate a selection dilemma.

The Maybe-Men

The third spot looks to be a straight shootout between Dean Henderson and Nick Pope. Henderson has looked strong in Palace’s season ending seven game unbeaten run, coming in for the injured Sam Johnstone - who will miss Euro 2024 with an elbow injury. Henderson could be his replacement for club and nation, and is 2/1 (Coral) to make it. 

Nick Pope is rated higher than Henderson in the market at 11/20 but he only recently returned to action in Newcastle’s final day victory over Brentford. That might count against him. 

The Bolters

Goalkeeper bolters are not a much discussed topic, but the main man here is Burnley’s ousted keeper James Trafford. It was a tough season for the youngster, but he has remained in Southgate’s thoughts after his heroics in the 2023 Under-21 European Championships winning side. 

It may be a tournament too early for Trafford, at 6/1 he would be a serious bolter.

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England Defenders for Euro 2024

The right-hand side of the back four Southgate will deploy is very much sorted, with Kyle Walker and John Stones the obvious picks for virtually everyone. Despite this, the rest of the defence will give Southgate one of his biggest conundrums. 

However, England have looked in disarray on the left side for a while now, and with Luke Shaw injured, but planned-to-be-fit by June, the left-back birth has been left fairly open. Ben Chilwell is usually the second name on the list, though he did little to cement his place in March’s friendlies.

Southgate has backed Chilwell, and the Chelsea left-back is 1/2 to be in Germany, but faces a race against time after picking up yet another injury. 

Should Chilwell and Shaw both be unfit, Kieran Trippier is the likely pick at left-back, and will go to Germany full-stop. He’s played there before in international tournaments, and despite an injury-hit season he will bring valuable experience and technical quality to the side.

As for the other defensive positions, Harry Maguire (1/5) is the only other cert to be in Germany despite another tepid season. 

The Maybe-Men

Meanwhile, Levi Colwill (5/2) has played at left-back, while Tyrick Mitchell (5/1 Betfred) has been an ever-present for a very in-form Palace side. Though, it is hard to see the England gaffer not sticking with his long term left side lieutenants.

Coveted left-footed centre-back, Jarred Branthwaite, is above evens to be in the squad at 4/6, and could be on the plane after a breakout season at Everton. On the red end of Merseyside, Joe Gomez has reignited his career at Liverpool, and, after a stellar season, looks likely to be named in the squad, largely due to his versatility, with a 4/5 pricing (BetMGM).

Lewis Dunk has been given Southgate’s backing in recent times, but looked out of place in March’s friendlies, he is 5/4 (Sky Bet) to nab a seat. Ezri Konsa was in the last squad, but at 11/4 is an outside bet at best. While AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori looks set to miss out again at 9/1 despite protestations from many across Europe.

Marc Guehi has been beset by injuries of late, and his inclusion would raise eyebrows but seems like very Southgate-esque move. He is 9/10 to be on the plane. Reece James returned from injury at the weekend only to see an unnecessary red. His quality is obvious but his chances of making the squad is not - he’s 2/1.

The Bolters

Eric Dier is the other name on many fans lips. Cast out at Ange’s Tottenham revolution, a surprise move to Bayern Munich has seen him entrusted with a starting berth and strong performances in the Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid. 

With 49 caps, big tournament experience, and strong form, could Dier be a bolter? At 9/4 on Betfred it could be worth a punt. 

For most, Ben White would be an absolute definite to be on the plane. But, as we all know, ‘something’ happened at an England camp and he almost certainly won’t be picked. 

Could Southgate have a word and get him on the plane? 5/1 suggests not, but he would be the ultimate bolter.

Elsewhere, Rico Lewis is versatile, but Germany may be a little too soon for the Man City man - at 5/1 he has plenty of others ahead of him. 

England Midfielders for Euro 2024

England suffer from a glut of riches when it comes to the midfield with Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Premier League Player of the Season, Phil Foden, all having excellent seasons. Though there are questions marks over exactly where, and if, Foden will be deployed.

Add to that mix Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Maddison and Conor Gallagher, you’re looking at a very sturdy midfield unit. These five are certain to be on the plane, and you won’t find a good price anywhere that suggests otherwise. 

The Maybe-Men

Many want to see Kobbie Mainoo included, and at 4/11 that seems likely to happen - if not for anything but the gaining of experience. 

On the flip side, many won’t want Jordan Henderson to be included. His ill-fated spell at Al Ettifaq did nothing to deter Southgate of his apparent necessity, and the now-Ajax man will probably be in the squad at 3/5. 

Henderson has benefited from Kalvin Phillips’ demise and Southgate’s distaste of James Ward-Prowse, but the question really is if there is space for him and Mainoo. Selecting the former over the latter would be an unpopular decision. 

Could Southgate put Phil Foden out wide to accommodate another slot for Jordan Henderson in the middle? I’d say it’s likely.

The Bolters

Speaking of Kalvin Phillips, it would be very Southgate to include him. A key part of the Euro 2020 squad, and former England Player of the Year, Phillips has barely kicked a ball and would be a seriously surprising inclusion at 8/1 (Ladbrokes).

The other key name in the bolters camp is Adam Wharton. After his £22m move from Blackburn to Palace, the youngster has provided the platform for the Eagles’ forwards to soar. He looks the real deal. But, at 3/1 (BetVictor) he would be considered a left-field inclusion. 

Fellow Palace man, Ebere Eze, has finished the season with serious aplomb, and he’s been in Southgate squads before. He terrorised Villa on Saturday, but at 6/4 (Unibet) there may not be space for his creative brilliance. 

England Forwards for Euro 2024

It’s refreshing as a nation for one of our biggest question to be about an understudy. The age-old question of ‘who will be backup to Harry Kane?’ will only get older - don’t expect the England captain to be retiring any time soon. 

In March, it seemed the inevitable two would be the outstanding Ollie Watkins, and Brentford’s returning man, Ivan Toney. At 1/5, Watkins still makes up the supporting cast and his work-rate may be needed in the later hours on warm German nights.

Toney, however, has managed a meagre four goal return since he completed his betting ban. At 9/10 he is much lower down the overall ranking, but Watkins remains the only out-and-out striker ahead of him. 

As for the wide-men, there are a plethora of options. Saka is Southgate’s man on the right, and the gaffer could push Foden out wide despite his brilliance down the middle this season. Marcus Rashford is the only other certainty in this England squad despite his indifferent season.

The Maybe-Men

It is odd to consider Cole Palmer a maybe-man, but there are no guarantees Southgate with plump for the 22-goal talisman. At 1/10 he will almost definitely go to Germany, but Southgate could ‘Southgate’ and leave him out. 

The man Palmer could, and probably should, replace, is Jack Grealish (8/13 Betfred). Despite being a treble winner, the Birmingham-born winger has failed to become a consistent performer at club level irrespective of his enduring popularity on the international stage. His exclusion would be a shock, but there’s only so many places on the plane.

Another man who could oust him is Anthony Gordon. The Newcastle winger has played on the left hand side this season and contributed double figures in both goals and assists in the league. He also made the last squad and looked like a real danger out wide. He is 1/2 (Unibet) to be in Southgate’s 26. I would back him to be there.

Jarrod Bowen is the other name with potential on the wings. He’s had another great season at West Ham with rumours of a move to Champions League outfit, he’s well-fancied at 10/11 (Sky Bet), but looks likely to suffer at the hands of younger models.

The Bolters

Should Southgate steer clear of Ivan Toney, the aging but dependable Callum Wilson could be a decent outside shout. He’s only recently come back from injury, and played second fiddle to the imperious Alexander Isak for his club, but at 16/1 he would be considered a bolter.

The other name is Dominic Solanke. A 19 goal haul for Bournemouth has bought with it potential suitors higher up the table, and shouts of a call up. He did win an England cap in an experimental 2017 side, but at 9/1 sits firmly in the bolter camp.

As for the wingers, there are of course more options. The two big name bolters being Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling. 

Sancho’s United days severely damaged his England prospects, but his return to Dortmund has bought with it a return to form - and an unexpected Champions League final. He looks back to his best, but his 6/1 pricing, and the form of others would make his inclusion an all-time bolter story.

Raheem Sterling almost definitely will not go to the Euros, despite his heroics last time out. His move to Chelsea has hampered his career when he should be in his prime. He’s found a starting place hard to come by at Stamford Bridge, and has been out of Southgate’s plans for a while. 

But, will old friends reunite? Could the prodigal son return? 16/1 says probably not.

So there are your runners and riders, but who will make the final England squad for Euro 2024?

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