By William Hill
15th July 2018
The England Euro 2020 odds rate them as fifth favourites for what their manager Gareth Southgate is describing as almost “a home tournament”.
The Three Lions couldn’t deliver a feel-good finish to their expectation-exceeding World Cup 2018. They squandered several chances to equalise before losing 2-0 to Belgium in the third place play-off.
However, the mood remains optimistic. Twenty squad members – including 10 starters – are 28 or younger, they’ve established a playing style and the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 are at Wembley.
England Euro 2020 odds – is football coming home?
England waited 22 years for this chance to play in the semi-finals of a major tournament. The gaps haven’t always been that wide though.
After their previous ventures to the final four of a World Cup in 1966 and 1990, they were back in the semi-finals again at Euro 1968 and Euro 1996 – two and six years respectively.
They also made it that far or beyond on the two occasions tournaments were held in England: World Cup 1966 and Euro 1996. In staging the final, they’re the closest thing Euro 2020 has to hosts.
The England Euro 2020 odds are 8/1. That price puts them behind World Cup superiors France (4/1) and Belgium (7/1), but ahead of conquerors Croatia (14/1). Spain (11/2) and Germany (6/1) are the others considered more likely winners.
Nations League odds – a chance for revenge on Croatia
Before Euro 2020 comes the inaugural Nations League, taking place between September 2017 and June 2018. England are paired with Spain and Croatia, given them a swift shot at avenging their semi-final defeat.
Southgate’s side are again more fancied than the team that kept them out of the final, valued at 2/1 in the League A Group 4 Winner betting to Croatia’s 6/1.
However, despite a disappointing World Cup, Spain are 8/13 favourites to finish first under new boss Luis Enrique.