England

The top English league, known as the Premiership, is the biggest league in the world, but it has not translated to success for the Three Lions in international competitions. They won the World Cup in 1966, but are often discredited by the fact that they were hosts. Their Italian coach’s efforts were a debacle at the World Cup in 2010, but he somehow managed to keep his place. As he continues to blame players for his failures and not adjust his tactics, look for England to continue to struggle until he is replaced.

Coach:

Fabio Capello

Standout players:

Stephen Gerrard – newly appointed captain struggled at the 2010 World Cup because he was played out of position with an awkward compliment of Frank Lampard. If paired with Scott Parker alone in 4-4-2 or both Parker and Jack Wilshere in a 4-3-3, look for the Three Lions to overcome Capello’s incompetence. If not, England could continue to underachieve on the biggest stages.

Wayne Rooney – was oddly partnered with Jermaine Defoe and Emile Heskey at the World Cup and forced to feed off long-ball second balls. If deployed alone up top or with Crouch, who can win headers AND keep possession, he could shine as arguably one of the world’s best strikers. Anything else could see Rooney’s effect minimized.

Odds to win:

10/1

Games

Date                                Opponent                                         Stadium                                             Location

June 11                            France                                        Donbass Arena                               Donetsk, Ukraine

June 15                            Sweden                                      Olympic Stadium                                    Kyiv, Ukraine

June 19                            Ukraine                                     Donbass Arena                               Donetsk, Ukraine

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