Will England win the Euros? England 9/4 for tournament glory after QF win

  • Joe Dyer
  • 2:00 min read
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There was more drama for England fans as Gareth Southgate's men won a penalty shoot-out to reach the last four. The Three Lions are the Euro 2024 second favourites on the Betfair Sportsbook...

20:15 Saturday 6 July - Another below par display but result is all that matters

The nation was crying out for a change of personnel, a change of formation, but much more important, an improved display from England in their quarter-final clash with Switzerland.

For most parts of the game they got neither.

Personnel-wise there was just one change, an enforced one, as Ezri Konsa came in for the suspended Marc Guehi, but the other 10 players were the same ones who started against Slovakia.

And if reports leading up to kick-off were to be believed we were going to get a change in formation with Bukayo Saka playing as a left wing-back and Kieran Trippier playing on the right.

What we got was once against Trippier on the left, Saka once again on the right, and when England were out of possession they often reverted to a back four, with Kyle Walker coming out to the right while Saka stayed a bit further forward.

Admittedly, in possession Trippier and Saka did push further forward, allowing Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden to both play as number 10s behind Harry Kane.

Sadly however, Saka apart, from an attacking sense it was the same old same old. It was slow progression, sideways passing, very little tempo, and when Saka did get beyond his last man - which he did numerous times - his cut backs fell to the feet of a Switzerland defender with Kane sometimes not even in the penalty box.

England didn't register a single shot on target in the first half, and in fact they didn't register a shot on target until the 80th minute, and it was needed as Saka superbly curled home an equaliser after Gareth Southgate's men had fallen behind five minutes earlier.

But they say the result is all that matters, and that's especially true in knock-out football. England saw out extra-time and were quite brilliant in the penalty shoot-out, with all five penalties superbly dispatched by Cole Palmer, Bellingham, Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

And so we move on to the semi-final. It feels like we should just stop thinking about or hoping for any changes, Southgate will name the same side again - with the exception of Guehi returning - won't he?

It's Netherlands next, Wednesday at 20:00 is the date for your diary, and who knows how it will play out.

What we do know is that England are in the semi-finals of Euro 2024 and they're 9/43.25 to win the tournament.

To Win Euro 2024:

- Spain 7/42.75
- England 9/43.25
- France 11/43.75
- Netherlands 9/25.50

*Odds correct as of 22:00 Saturday 6 July

19:36 Sunday 30 June - Three Lions leave it very late in sorry display against Slovakia

For the vast majority of England's last 16 clash with Slovakia it felt like another Three Lions disaster to match the tournament exit to Iceland in 2016

But within the space of a couple of minutes England transformed their tournament thanks to goals from two of their biggest names.

Trailing to a first half Slovakia goal, England were seconds from an early Euro exit before Jude Bellingham conjured a moment of magic to level things up and take the game to extra time.

The Real Madrid man's bicycle kick in the box came in the 95th minute to break Slovakian hearts - the underdogs were backed in to 1.152/13 to win on the Betfair Exchange although 2,148 Slovakia backers were paid out as winners on the Betfair Sportsbook thanks to our Match Odds 90 market.

Whether or not England do anything of note at this tournament Bellingham's goal that will live long in the memory.

Then, just one minute into extra time, Harry Kane got on the end of an Ivan Toney header across the box to take England ahead.

England remain 7/24.50 favourites to win the Euros but it's nothing to do with the evidence on the pitch and everything to do with their presence in the easier half of the draw. Germany are 4/15.00, Spain - ahead of their last 16 clash with Georgia - are 9/25.50.

A quarter-final clash with Switzerland awaits England when they next take to the pitch.

10:30 Thursday 27 June - Three Lions firm favourites to win last 16 tie

England are 1/71.14 on the Betfair Sportsbook to win their last 16 tie by an means after it was confirmed that they will play Slovakia in the first knockout round of Euro 2024 on Sunday.

The Three Lions are 4/111.36 to win the match in normal time.

Gareth Southgate's team are 3/14.00 favourites to win Euro 2024 despite disappointing in their last two Group matches, which they drew 1-1 with Denmark and 0-0 with Slovenia.

Slovakia finished third in Group E, after a 1-1 draw with Romania, to book their date with the England.

The teams have met six times previously, although never at the finals of a major tournament, with England winning five and one draw.

If the odds are correct, and England get past Slovakia, then a quarter-final against Italy or Switzerland awaits. Fans won't need reminding that Italy beat England on penalties in the final of Euro 2020.

At a tournament, it really is about taking one game at a time. A concerning stat for fans is that England have only won one knockout tie at a European Championships on foreign soil. That one, however, was their 4-0 victory over Ukraine in the quarter-finals three years ago.

The Betfair Sportsbook odds indicate that England's quality will make the difference when they meet Slovakia on Sunday.

22:15 Tuesday 25 June - Three Lions labour again but are the Euros favourites

England are into the knockout stages of the Euros and are the 4/15.00 favourites to win the competition.

But those short odds are all to do with a favourable draw and very little to do with the performances.

The Three Lions laboured against an unambitious Slovenia, bossing possession but struggling to carve out any genuine openings. England only began to show some threat after second half changes which may give Gareth Southgate food for thought when he names his last 16 lineup. Cole Palmer in particular showed the creativity needed to put a defensive side under pressure.

While the 0-0 did not have much encouragement for England, Denmark's goalless draw with Serbia means England go through as group winners.

And so they find themselves away from Spain, Germany, France and Portugal in the notionally 'easier' side of the draw.

Spain, Germany and France are all 9/25.50 to win Euro 2024, Portugal are 13/27.50.

14:30 Friday 21 June - 5/1 Spain most backed after beating Italy

Spain were the most backed team in the Betfair Sportsbook's Euro 2024 winner market on Friday morning.

They are 5/16.00 to go all the way in Germany after beating Italy 1-0 on Thursday evening to qualify for the second round with a game to spare. Spain won their first match 3-0 against Croatia and fans have been impressed by their stylish attacking play and composure in defence.

England and France are the 4/15.00 joint favourites even after Gareth Southgate's men performed poorly in their 1-1 draw with Denmark on Thursday.

Read the full story of England's dispiriting display below and check out reaction here.

France play the Netherlands tonight and our previewer is backing Antoine Griezmann to be the main man for Les Bleus as doubts persist about Kylian Mbappe's fitness.

20:00 Thursday 20 June - England 4/15.00 for Euro glory after dire draw with Denmark

They started the tournament as favourites and England still occupy that slot in the Betfair betting despite another indifferent showing at Euro 2024.

With a win guaranteeing knockout football and having gone ahead against Denmark through captain Harry Kane, the Three lions somehow delivered a very drab 1-1 draw.

That below-par showing means they have been joined by some of the big names at the top of the Euro 2024 Winner market following two games of, let's be honest, dreadful football from Gareth Southgate's men.

The win and a draw from their opening two games leaves England top of the group and almost certainly in the knockout rounds but the football has been poor and they will not win the tournament plahing like this.

With two games in the bank, England are 4/15.00 to win Euro 2024. with France and Germany available at the same odds with the Betfair Sportsbook.

Unchanged England fail to click

Manager Gareth Southgate named an unchanged lineup for the game which meant Trent Alexander Arnold in the midfield again, an experiment which arguably did not work against Serbia.

But on an admittedly poor pitch that repeatedly cut up, no one in the white shirt performed well. Captain Kane was subbed for Ollie Watkins in a triple change midway through the break as Southgate grasped for a change.

However, it did not deliver the change England needed, and it was Denmark who edged the stats in a dispiriting display for Three Lions supporters.

And, yet, those odds still show England top of the pile. Can Southgate turn it around? We'll see on Tuesday.

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