Euro 2020: England favourites as fans and bettors start to believe

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Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick against Montenegro

England are being backed to win their first trophy for more than half-a-century and Gareth Southgate's young team should enjoy playing Euro 2020 matches at Wembley, says Max Liu.

"Captain Harry Kane smashed a first-half hat-trick against Montenegro but during qualifying Jadon Sancho has established himself as a start while Raheem Sterling has become arguably England's most important player."

England are 5.69/2 favourites to win next summer's European Championships after the team sealed their qualification with a 7-0 win over Montenegro.

Gareth Southgate's men, who still have their final qualifying match to play against Kosovo on Sunday, have overtaken world champions France 5.95/1 on the Betfair Exchange market.

The French are among those countries that have already qualified, along with Belgium 8.415/2, Spain 10.09/1, Italy 15.5 and a host of others.

England have won all but one of their qualifying matches so far and it is the manner of their emphatic victories that have given fans hope that they could win a major tournament for the first time since 1966.

To date, they have scored 33 goals in the campaign, with the 7-0 victory their best result, followed by the 6-0 last time out away to Bulgaria and the 5-0 over the Czech Republic in their first qualifier.

Home advantages could young England team

Euro 2020 will be played across 12 countries, in a first for the tournament, but England will play two Group games at Wembley. The two semi-finals, as well as the final, will also be played there.

Many commentators regard Euro 2020 as a home tournament for England in all but name. That should help Southgate's young team, as the manager tries to make the most of the astonishing wealth of talent at his disposal.

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Captain Harry Kane smashed a first-half hat-trick against Montenegro and during qualifying Jadon Sancho has established himself as a starter while Raheem Sterling has become arguably England's most important player.

Tammy Abraham scored his first goal against Montenegro, Mason Mount is growing in stature with every game for Chelsea and, at left-back, Ben Chilwell was outstanding against Montenegro. On the opposite flank, Trent Alexander-Arnold has nailed down the right-back spot.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy is enjoying a sensational season and could yet come out of retirement to boost England's already stellar attacking options. Mind you, it doesn't appear to have occurred to those calling for Vardy's return that his club form might be in part due to his retirement from the international game.

These are exciting times for England but they mustn't get carried away. There is still one position in the centre of defence up for grabs and the team still lacks creativity in midfield. The other potential concern should be that, unlike their run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia last summer, England will be expected to do well at Euro 2020, as the odds indicate. It will be fascinating to see if they can handle the pressure.

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