Punters could be tempted by a bet on England to win Euro 2012 after an assured performance yesterday led to a 2-0 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Fabio Capello’s men took an early lead through a Frank Lampard penalty after James Collins fouled Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young in the area.
Lampard’s future in the England side had been debated by the media in the run-up to the game, but he confidently sent goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey the wrong way from 12 yards.
And just a few minutes later, Darren Bent scored his third goal in as many international appearances, finishing confidently after Glen Johnson’s raking pass was pulled back across the six-yard box by Young.
In the wake of the win, the bwin price being offered to punters betting on England to win Euro 2012 is now 8/1.
Speaking after the game, Capello stated that he is pleased with the new 4-3-3 formation being trialled by England, with Young and Wayne Rooney playing either side of Bent.
“We played really well, we passed the ball quickly and created chances to score goals with no chances for Wales,” said the Italian.
“This formation is really good because some players like Ashley Young are improving a lot.”
Scott Parker, deployed in a deep holding role by Capello, was excellent on the day, giving Jack Wilshere and Lampard the chance to break forward from the middle of the park.
“After watching games Wales have played, I decided for Parker and two midfielders. I decided for a new position for Rooney and Ashley Young,” added Capello.
England now lie at the top of their qualifying group with ten points from four matches and qualification for next summer’s tournament, which is taking place in Poland and Ukraine, should be a formality.
Their odds for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 have also fallen in the wake of the assured Wales win, with 14/1 available for those who bet at bwin.com.
A successful £10 stake would therefore return £150 should England lift the trophy in Brazil.
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