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England’s Squad for Euro 2024: What Does it Mean for the Bookmakers?

by Joseph King | by Joseph King

image England’s Squad for Euro 2024: What Does it Mean for the Bookmakers?
Manager Gareth Southgate has released the provisional squad list for England’s 2024 European Championship campaign. In this article, we’ll talk about some notable admissions as well as some of the key players that the Three Lions will depend on in Germany. Lastly, we’ll look at how the bookmakers might respond to the news.

Who will England bring to the Euros in Germany?

Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham celebrate

Below you will find the current 33-man provisional squad named by England manager Gareth Southgate on 21 May. Keep in mind that this list will be reduced to 26 players on 7 June.

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), James Trafford (Burnley)

Defenders: John Stones (Man City), Harry Maguire (Man United), Kyle Walker (Man City), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Man United), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Declan Rice (Arsenal), Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Kobbie Mainoo (Man United), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Bakayo Saka (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Man City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), James Maddison (Tottenham), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)

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Notable admissions and standout players

Rashford misses out on Euro 2024

The most notable admission from the above list is undoubtedly Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. It’s been a difficult season for Rashford, who was unable to carry over the form that saw him score 30 goals in 56 appearances for the Red Devils in the 2022/23 season. In the most recent campaign, the 26-year-old registered just eight goals in his 42 total appearances and fell out of favor with Southgate’s England team. Rashford has played just 82 minutes in England’s last four games. 

Southgate also opted not to call upon the services of Jordan Henderson, who is currently playing for Ajax in the Eredivisie, as well as Chelsea’s Reece James. After his move to Saudi Arabia didn’t work out, the former England captain Henderson has made only 12 appearances for Eredivisie side Ajax since joining in February. As for Reece James, the talented wingback missed a substantial amount of time due to injury and has only just gotten back on the pitch.

The spotlight will be on Phil Foden who is coming off his best ever campaign with Premier League champions Manchester City. The 23-year-old was named Premier League Player of the Season after scoring 19 goals and racking up eight assists in 35 league games (27 goals, 11 assists in 52 appearances across all competitions). Jude Bellingham will also be one of the most talked about players at this tournament after a fantastic debut season at Real Madrid saw him rack up 23 goals and 12 assists in 40 games.

As always, England’s record goalscorer Harry Kane will lead the line and will be expected to deliver once again. The Three Lions’ captain is in fine form after a blistering start to his Bayern Munich career where he scored 36 goals in 32 league matches. Kane would finish the year with 44 goals and 12 assists in 45 appearances across all competitions. The 30-year-old has a solid record at major international tournaments, where he has netted a combined 12 goals in the 2018 World Cup, 2020 Euros and 2022 World Cup.

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Scotland’s team

Scotland are also in action at Euro 2024 after securing a second consecutive appearance at the tournament and just their fourth appearance all time. They have never managed to qualify from the group stages, something they will be hoping to change in Germany this summer. However, the Tartan Army will have their work cut out for them as they come up against hosts Germany, 19th-ranked Switzerland and 26th-ranked Hungary.

As for their squad, manager Steve Clarke will release his official selections on 22 May. However, there are some key names that we are sure will be on the plane to Germany! Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and Aston Villa’s John McGinn are three of Scotland’s most important players. Unfortunately for Steve Clarke, he will be unable to call upon the services of Lewis Ferguson after the star Bologna midfielder suffered an ACL injury in April.

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How does this impact the bookmakers?

The Three Lions celebrate a goal

The announcement of the 33 man England squad will not have altered the bookmakers outlook very much, if at all. For example, the odds haven’t shifted since the announcement of the squad, with everything more or less going as expected. There were maybe one or two surprise admissions or inclusions, but nothing so drastic that it’s going to alter the oddsmakers’ opinion on the quality of this England team.

The bookmakers currently have England as the favourites to win Euro 2024, coming in at odds of 4.00 (bet365). They’ll face stiff competition from the likes of France (odds of 5.00), hosts Germany (6.50 odds), Portugal (9.00) and Spain (9.00). However, it’s hard to argue against England being the favorites at this stage. This team is simply stacked. The front three of Kane, Foden and Saka with Bellingham bombing forward from midfield makes them an irresistible attacking force. The Three Lions also have the best depth in the tournament with players like Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Jarrod Bowen, Anthony Gordon and Ollie Watkins all waiting in the wings.

In addition to being favourites to win the tournament, England are, unsurprisingly, also heavy favourites to finish atop of their group. They’ve received a decent draw, coming up against Denmark, Serbia and Slovenia. Their price of 1.40 (Unibet) illustrates the bookmakers belief that England won’t face too much resistance in Group C. Expect England to be a popular pick at the European Championships this summer. We don’t anticipate too much movement from the bookmakers on England’s betting odds as they are deservedly the team to beat when the action kicks off in June.

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