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Swansea skipper leads trio of Welsh stars in Home Nations team

| 25.03.2015

Thanks to a more encompassing qualification system for the 2016 European Championship, there is a more than remote chance all five home nations could be seen on French shores next summer.

That means perennial bottlers England could share their finals heartbreak with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland for the very first time – though sympathy will be hard to come by.

As is stands in the countries’ respective groups, seven points is the joint-lowest tally (Scotland and Ireland are separated by head-to-head in Group D) any of the five have picked up from four qualifiers apiece.

None of the quintet are any higher odds than 12/1 to claim a group supremacy in fact which is impressive stuff given the likes of world champions Germany feature in Group D.

Given their resources dwarf any of their fellow home nations, England are priced up at 1/16 to win Group E, off the back of four straight wins.

It’s not all about Roy Hodgson’s expectation raisers though, as you’ll see from our carefully pieced together graphic.


It may be slightly Anglo-centric but there are some notable inclusions in our combined Home Nations team, not least 21-year-old Hull and Scotland full-back Andrew Robertson.

The former Dundee man is picked ahead of an off-colour Leighton Baines, while there’s no space for his Everton teammate Phil Jagielka either.

Seamus Coleman is left flying the Toffees flag, while it’s Chris Coleman’s Wales with a trio of inclusions who can probably feel the most pleased.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.