ENGLAND expects – but not as much as usual and that could go in their favour.
Flopping spectacularly in recent finals has lowered fans’ sights and there are question marks over boss Roy Hodgson and his defence.
However, a perfect 10 qualifying campaign plus the introduction of some young, hungry attackers are positives.
I expect England to make a run to the semi-finals – quarters at least – but won’t be backing them to win at a best 9-1 with McBookie because they’ll concede too many.
I do expect them to beat Russia today if they can handle the heat on their way to winning Group A. At first glance it’s an easy task for England but Russia, Slovakia and Wales in particular will give them decent tests.
Hodgson’s men are a best 19-20 to start with three points and should get them as long as Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill don’t give too much away. If you disagree look at draw at 12-5 with bet365 or Russia at 15-4.
England have goals in them but boast no outstanding defenders so could concede here and in all three of their games.
Russia’s dangerman is Artem Dzyuba who is 15-2 to break the deadlock and a tempting 3-1 with Ladbrokes to net at any time. Dzyuba netted eight in the qualifiers and fired 15 in 30 league games for Zenit.
Bets to Consider
Kane to score first
Dyzuba to score
Both teams to score