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Nic Ladds 10th Aug 2010 - 15:20

A new look England with a fresh approach can reignite the fans

The timing of this friendly match seems to have overshadowed any other factor as international teams finalise their preparations before qualification begins for Euro 2012.

For me, this match is a perfect opportunity for lesser known names to show what they can do on the international stage. It seems Capello half agrees as his squad selection has included many names that normally get nowhere near the England starting XI.

Three uncapped players are in the squad, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Bobby Zamora. Other names that are pushing for an rare cap are Joe Hart, Theo Walcott, Adam Johnson, Carlton Cole, Phil Jagielka and Bolton's Gary Cahill.

After the big names and stars flopped so spectacularly at the World Cup, this is a great chance for England to take a leaf out of Germany's book and got for young, hungry players rather than just picking the same players regardless of form.

Their opponents shouldn't provide any realistic threat; Hungary didn't qualify for South Africa and haven't won in any of their last four friendly matches. They were on the end of heavy defeats by Germany and Holland just before the World Cup too.

The last time these two met was in England's build up to the 2006 World Cup when England beat them 3-1 which is a realistic 11/1 to repeat itself here.

Any result relating to England is always scrutinised by the media and this one will be no different so I think while Capello will want to try new things, getting a result that proves he is still the man for the job will be among his list of priorities.

England are 2/7 to win the match in 90 minutes, therefore I recommend looking at the handicap market of England -1 goal at 17/20 to get a bit more value.

Hungary are understandable 10/1 outsiders and if you fancy an upset then the 11/5 on covering Hungary and the draw in the double chance market should be the way to go.

In with all the new faces in the squad are still some older, quality players. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney should still all be battling for a starting spot. If Rooney does start, he is the clear favourite to score first at 3/1.

If you fancy one of the newer faces to mark their debuts with a goal then I would go for Jack Wilshere at 11/1 or Adam Johnson, who has one previous cap, at 8/1 to score first.

At the end of the day this is a meaningless friendly match where the most important outcome is no injuries and a positive, improved England performance.

That said, England should still have far too much quality all over the park and I fancy the England 3-0 scoreline at 7/1.

 

 
 
 

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