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Rupert Wyman 11th Jun 2011 - 9:39

Sturridge holds the key for England

This time last summer, we were fortunate enough to have the World Cup. England failed to turn up on the match days as usual and the Welsh, Irish and Scottish never made it to South Africa. This June, we will be without the pre-match BBQs and beer but we do have the UEFA Under 21 Championships.

Fortunately, these players represent the future for England and if I had it my way, some would form part of Capello's first eleven for Euro 2012 qualifying.

For now, we must make do with the likes of Defoe and Carrick and accept that England are just not good enough and over-hyped.

The England Under 21 side are exciting, they have a mass of talent and they have a team that are capable of winning the title. Sunday is the stellar match, Spain U21 v England U21 and this could end up the final.

Spain are 21/20 to win the match, the draw is 12/5 and the away win is 13/5. Both teams have some cracking players and it will be a tight contest.

England have a lot going for them, Henderson has just made a big price move to Liverpool, Connor Wickham is one of the most sought after players in domestic football and the likes of Sturridge and Sinclair can only be buoyed  by their end of season performances.

Sturridge is a class act and far more effective in the goal mouth than Darren Bent is for England. He has been fantastic on-loan at Bolton and he is 11/2 to bag the first goal. However, Scott Sinclair finds the net for Swansea for fun and he looks better value at 10/1.

He is back in the Premier League big-time and he once again has a chance to showcase his talents on the world stage.  With England's squad, it is hard not to fancy their chances against the Spanish. They are 6/4 draw no bet to get a result.

Spain's team is full of talent and if the national team were not world class, some of the players would be starting for the first eleven.  Mata won the World Cup last summer and he will want more silverware. He is one of the oldest players at the event and he is 6/1 to score the first goal.

Both teams to score is 4/5 and there should be plenty of goals, there is a wealth of goalscorers playing and both teams will play for the win. If you fancy over the goals, over 2.5 looks a good price at 21/10.

England -4 corners is 6/1 and with their wide players, they can make the most of the width of the pitch.  Scott Sinclair will run at the Spanish full-backs and you expect the corner count to be high.

Sevilla's Capel is a class act and he will be on the wing for Spain, over twelve corners is 5/2 and that quota could be met halfway through the game.




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