CHRIS KAMARA is one of Ladbrokes football ambassadors and the firm have given me permission to use his latest blog.
This week he focuses on the pressures facing England and if it's a popular read I'll look to post it on a regular basis.
Switzerland are now bookies' favourites to beat England with Ladbrokes going 6-4 against 2-1 for the away and Kamara doesn't argue with the prices.
Chris writes: Pressure is mounting on Roy’s boys ahead of the Euro 2016 opener in Switzerland on Monday. There is now massive pressure on England boss Roy Hodgson and his side.
“Naturally, there’s lots of doom and gloom because of that performance against Norway in midweek. On the back of what happened at the World Cup and then to play like that is disappointing.
“Everybody was hoping the changes Roy made in bringing in the young lads would result in an improvement in performances but sadly we didn’t see any. And now it’s just added extra pressure for the Swiss contest.
“It’s now become a ‘must-win’ game for loads of different reasons and not just because it impacts upon Roy. The public’s opinion of the England team and the feelings of the players themselves will all be affected by the result.
“In some regards it’s unthinkable we could start the qualifying campaign with a defeat but if you look at the two teams’ performances at the World Cup you’d have to say the Swiss are favourites.
“We can’t make judgments before it’s happened but Roy's added more pressure to himself. His reaction after Norway shows he’s feeling the pressure. He took exception to people saying it wasn’t a good game, he believed it was.
“For this moment in time let’s get behind him and be positive and have no doom and gloom, especially from this column!
“There will be no calls for his resignation if he wins. We still might lose but we might perform better which people would be reasonably happy with.
“Wayne Rooney wasn’t the only poor performer against Norway. People are looking at him because it’s his first game as captain and asking whether we’d see massive improvement in his performance because he’s been given the armband.
“The first game didn’t prove to give him a spur but the rest of the team were poor as well. I wouldn’t say he’s undroppable but who would you put in to replace him?
“We look short of experience and he’s ranked fourth in England’s record scorer’s list.”