Frank Lampard took the captain’s armband from John Terry to lead Chelsea to a memorable Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona and William Hill have priced him at 14/1 to captain England in their opening Euro 2012 fixture. Nonetheless, Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard are joint favourites at 5/4.
Harry Redknapp remains the number one favourite to be next permanent England boss and odds of 1/4 clearly represent this. ‘Arry is also 1/3 that he will stage his first press conference between the end of the Premier League and England’s opening game at the Euros.
“Redknapp is the red hot favourite for the England job as far as our punters are concerned but no one quite knows when the appointment will be made,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.
England will battle France, Sweden and Ukraine for a place in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, and Victor Chandler sees the Three Lions as 1/2 favourites to qualify for the next stage.
Wayne Rooney is 39/1 with Bodog to finish as top goalscorer, which probably has something to do with the fact that Wazza is set to miss first two group games through suspension.