Stuart Pearce allowed Stewart Downing to take the Press Conference for England today and William Hill make the Liverpool winger 33/1 to be Englands captain for their first Euro 2012 game (the same price as Rio Ferdinand). James Milner holds the record for most under 21 appearances, many of which were under Pearce and he is 14/1 to be given the captains armband for the France game. Steven Gerrard is the 10/11 favourite although there is a suggestion that should Pearce be in charge at the Euros, he will turn to a number of his U21 stalwarts. Micah Richards is 5/2 to start Englands first game of the tournament, with Kyle Walker 7/4, Danny Welbeck 4/6 and Daniel Sturridge 8/11.
Pearce knows a lot of these players from his U21 days and he certainly would not have called them up if he thought they would not be up to task, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Frazier Campbell has impressed since returning to action following a year on the touchline and he could mark his miraculous return to form with an England cap. William Hill make him 1/4 to make any form of appearance on Wednesday (11/4 to remain unused).
The match against Holland will be a good test for England against a side who must be confident of reaching the latter stages of the Euros and Hills are offering 12/1 that they meet in the tournament and England qualify.
England Captain for Euro 2012 game vs France: 10/11 Steven Gerrard; 7/4 Scott Parker; 11/2 Joe Hart; 10/1 Frank Lampard; 14/1 Gareth Barry; 14/1 James Milner; 20/1 Ashley Cole; 33/1 Rio Ferdinand; 33/1 Stewart Downing
England vs Holland goal scorer match bet: 10/3 Daniel Sturridge; 10/3 Danny Welbeck; 4/7 tie
*both must start or bets void
Frazier Campbell to make his debut: 1/4 yes; 11/4 no
*Debut counts as minutes played, even as a substitute
To start for England vs France at Euro 2012:
Micah Richards: 5/2 yes; 2/7 no
Glen Johnson: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no
Danny Welbeck: 4/6 yes; 11/10 no
Daniel Sturridge: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no
Kyle Walker: 7/4 yes; 2/5 no
Next permanent England manager: 4/9 Harry Redknapp; 6/1 Stuart Pearce; 7/1 Pep Guardiola; 11/1 Guus Hiddink; 12/1 BAR
FA Trophy: Luton Favs As They Draw Bogey Team
Despite drawing bogey side, York, Luton are the 6/4 favourites to win the FA Trophy, with William Hill making York and Newport 9/4 shots with Wealdstone 8/1 outsiders. Hills think that the final will be contested by Luton and Newport County, offering odds of 5/4 that these two line up at Wembley on the 20th May.
FA Trophy Winner: 6/4 Luton; 9/4 York; 9/4 Newport; 8/1 Wealdstone
FA Trophy Nominate the finalist: 5/4 Luton/Newport County; 13/8 York/Newport County; 5/1 Luton/Wealdstone; 6/1 York/Wealdstone
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