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Stuart Dalgleish 27th Mar 2009 - 20:46

Terry-fic John is the key to Lions’ success

With all the focus on David Beckham breaking Bobby Moore's record for most outfield appearances it's gone pretty much unnoticed that John Terry will also be reaching a milestone on Saturday as the Chelsea centre-back looks set to get his 50th cap for The Three Lions.

The inspirational captain missed the last two World Cup qualifiers but played in the most recent friendly in Seville against European Champions Spain and previous to that scored the winner against old enemies Germany in Berlin.

Fabio Capello has enjoyed a fine start to life as England manager only losing twice out of 11 games, achieving a win percentage of over 70%, and already it looks a foregone conclusion that The Three Lions will qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.

The home side are clear favourites for the match at 2/7 so you're probably best looking elsewhere for value - England minus a goal on the handicap betting at 5/6 looks a much more attractive price. The draw, which England sneaked in their last friendly at Wembley thanks to a last-gasp equaliser, is 4/1, while an unlikely looking Slovakia win is reflected in the odds - the away win is available at a massive 11/1.

Steven Gerrard has been on fantastic form for Liverpool recently, blasting in six goals in his last three games, and at 6/1 is a great price to open the scoring for England on Saturday or 7/4 to grab one at any point of the game. Hot headed front-man Wayne Rooney will be desperate to create a positive headline after getting sent off in his last Premier League outing and he's available at 4/1 to break the dead-lock with the first of the game.

The most familiar face in the Slovakia squad is Liverpool player Martin Skrtel - the giant defender scored in a recent 2-1 home success against Northern Ireland, and at a huge 33/1 could be a fantastic price to score first in this friendly match. Winger Stanislav Sestak has got three goals in qualifying to help the Slovakians top Group 3 and he's a tempting 14/1 to get the first of the game and 11/2 to pounce at anytime in the match.

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