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England to continue pre-tournament friendly form against Turkey

| 21.05.2016

England go into their friendly with Turkey with only three more matches to go before the start of Euro 2016.

The Three Lions face Australia and Portugal after their upcoming fixture and should be feeling confident based on recent history.

In preparation for the last European Championships, Roy Hodgson’s men won two of their three matches in the calendar year before the tournament.

Holland beat the team 3-2, but considering England haven’t beaten them since 1996 this was to be expected, while they defeated Norway and Belgium.

Both of these teams were despatched 1-0 and Hodgson was able to secure victory despite making a number of changes over the course of the matches.

The build-up for the Three Lions’ last tournament was much less promising, but that shouldn’t dampen hopes ahead of the Turkey match.

Honduras and Ecuador picked up draws against the one-time World Cup winners, but both of those games were outside of Europe.

In contrast the two games at Wembley before those stalemates saw the nation pick up two victories, against Denmark and Peru, winning 1-0 and 3-0 respectively.

Thus, given their ability to triumph and keep clean sheets, unless playing in a different continent, under Hodgson in the build-up to competitions should see them despatch Turkey with ease.

Therefore, it would be sensible to back the Three Lions to win to nil at 11/10.

The encounter at Wembley should be particularly useful for Jamie Vardy, who has scored in his last two outings for his country.

Indeed, his last start for England saw him open the scoring in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Holland and he is likely to be in the first 11 again after proving his effectiveness in that match as well as the 3-2 win over Germany.

A price of 7/2 says he will be the first goalscorer against Turkey and this makes a great deal of sense.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.