England stage of elimination odds: Sharp or toothless Three Lions?
England get their Euro 2020 campaign up and running against Croatia on Sunday afternoon.
The Three Lions are now second favourites behind world champions France to win the tournament at 9/2 and are also in a group with Scotland and Czech Republic.
Here we look at all the options in the England stage of elimination odds .
Something will have gone catastrophically wrong if England repeat the group-stage exit they suffered at Euro 2000 which is available at 18/1.
Gareth Southgate’s side have home advantage for their three group games, playing at Wembley, and have a talented squad.
England lost 2-1 to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, but gained some revenge with a victory by the same scoreline at Wembley later that year to secure a Nations League final spot.
The Three Lions have beaten Scotland in their last two matches at Wembley and won a group game at Euro 1996 courtesy of Paul Gascoigne’s famous volley, while they stuck five past Czech Republic at the home of football in March 2019.
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England have horrible memories of the first knockout stage after losing to minnows Iceland at Euro 2016, with Roy Hodgson resigning as manager in the aftermath.
The last-16 could again prove problematic, depending on where they finish in their group. Top spot will see England play runner-up in the ‘group of death’, likely to be heavyweights France, Portugal or Germany, while second place will probably set up a clash with either Sweden or Poland.
Squeezing through in third will leave them open to potentially facing the likes of Belgium, Spain or Holland. We go 11/8 on England being eliminated in the last 16.
England have exited the Euros in the last eight in two of their previous three appearances at the tournament, losing on penalties to Portugal in 2004 and Italy in 2012.
If Southgate’s team get past the last-16 stage this summer, they will really fancy their chances, but are 3/1 to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage.
England’s last successful run at the European Championship was in 1996 when they reached the semi-finals and they are 11/2 to be knocked out at that stage once more.
Terry Venables’ side captured the hearts of the nation during their thrilling campaign, which ended with current boss Southgate missing the crucial penalty in a shootout defeat to Germany.
There are similarities from 25 years ago with England playing some games on home soil and facing Scotland in their group.
The last-four clashes are taking place at Wembley so that will help England if they progress to that stage.
Runner-up and winner
England will break new ground if they are to reach the Euros final for the first time in their history, giving them the opportunity to win their first major trophy since 1996.
It would also represent progress from three years ago when they advanced to the World Cup semi-finals. And with the final held at Wembley, could football be finally coming home?
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication