Wilshere, Jones & Welbeck look Euro 2012 certainties for England
With only 23 places up for grabs in Fabio Capello’s England squad for Euro 2012, competition for places are arguably fiercer than at any time in recent memory, particularly with a number of youngsters proving they are at home on the international stage.
A case could probably be made for about 40 players potentially being worthy of a selection by Capello and odds are available on whether some of the fringe players will be called up.
It seems that, barring injury, Wayne Rooney is almost certain to be taken despite his three-game suspension, while Scott Parker is another likely banker given his man of the match display in the win over Spain.
However, odds of 1/10 and 1/33 respectively on this duo reflect the fact that their tickets to the Ukraine and Poland look as good as booked.
More generous odds are offered on some of the younger players looking to prove their credentials and Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and, in particular, Jack Wilshere look the most attractive prices.
Jones has featured in almost every Manchester United game so far this season and his versatility makes it virtually impossible for him to be left behind.
Meanwhile, Welbeck has also featured more than expected for Manchester United and, if continues to improve, he would look a definite squad member in a forward position short on options.
Jones is 1/4 to be in the England 2012 squad, with Welbeck 1/2.
Wilshere is slightly different in that injury has meant that he has missed all of Arsenal’s season to date.
If he recovers he must be guaranteed not only a squad spot, but a place in the starting line-up for England as he provides something different in the middle of the midfield.
He can retain possession with ease, play intricate passes in a style more familiar with the likes of Spain.
Wilshere is 1/3 to make the Euro 2012 plane and this looks smashing value.