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Rupert Wyman 8th Feb 2011 - 15:44

Capello is hell-bent on scoring goals

Here we are again! We have another pointless England friendly which means we have to go without domestic and European football midweek. Sadly that is how the majority of the nation feels about their national team.

We have little time for the current crop of England stars and the management that work with them.  We have had a fantastic weekend of Premier League football and now we can see how average our national team are against another mediocre side Denmark.

So, the England win is 13/10, the draw is 11/5 and the Denmark victory is 21/10. To remind us how pathetic our international team has been of late, Ashley Cole has just been awarded England's 2010 player of the year award.

There were many players to choose from after the World Cup - an out of form Rooney, the disgraced former captain Terry, the lethargic Barry, the list is endless.

Another player that has not impressed the fans is Chelsea's Frank Lampard. He has always been accused of performing better for his club than his country. He is set to be handed the captain's armband for the first time against Denmark.

Gerrard is a late withdrawal and Ferdinand has been ruled out along with Crouch, Foster and Agbonlahor. Capello views the game as essential preparation for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales in March.

Denmark have won two of their three Euro 2010 qualifiers and England look far too skinny at 13/10. They failed to beat France last time out in November and they could only manage a draw against Montenegro on their penultimate appearance.

They are without Terry and Ferdinand and the 5/4 for Denmark draw no bet is tempting. England have little conviction when they play and it is 10/11 for both teams to score. England's Crouch scored a last consolation goal against France at Wembley in November and he is 5/4 to score anytime.

England failed to find the net against Montenegro and the 0-0 looks a realistic possibility but it is too short at 8/1. England are 29/20 to keep a clean sheet but all the defence do not play regularly together at club level on a weekly level, so Denmark could well break them down.

One player that will be looking to impress Capello will be Darren Bent. He will play the majority of the match and he is 6/4 to score anytime and 7/1 to score two or more. He has worked hard since his move to Aston Villa and he is England's most natural goal scorer. If he gets the ball at his feet in the box, he invariably finds the back of the net.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but this friendly is no different to a testimonial and I will not be spending my Wednesday night in-front of the television. If you fancy a punt get on Darren Bent to score anytime at 6/4, he is one of a few that cares about the match.



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