The black and gold boys at bwin.com have reacted to the latest spate of withdrawals from Roy Hodgson’s England squad, ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, by setting the line for total dropouts at 5.5.
You can have 7/5 on at least two more Englanders joining Fraser Forster, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge on the sidelines, but the smart bet must be on five or fewer missing the visit of Igoris Pankratjevas’ men at 1/2.
Unlike in the multitude of meaningless friendlies the Three Lions barely scratch together a side for, competition for places in north-west London is fierce, so players with half a chance of getting on have been wrapping themselves in cotton wool ahead of the clash.
According to a report on express.co.uk, James Milner, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines, each of whom have realistic hopes of starting against Lithuania, worked in the gym at St George’s Park while the rest of the squad, bar Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, trained normally.
The aforementioned trio are all expected to return ahead of the Group E clash, and while Delph has been laid low by a stomach bug, the Villans midfielder is still given a fighting chance of turning out against Pankratjevas’ charges.
Delph is in with a strong shout of starting the match too, having managed as much in two of the three Euro 2016 qualifiers he has been available for, so he’ll no doubt be snuggled under a duvet on the couch with a bottle of Lucozade and a king size packet of Imodium as we speak.
With that in mind, and with no fresh injury news emerging from the England camp since Sturridge’s absence was announced on Monday evening, 1/2 about under 5.5 withdrawals looks a fine bet ahead of a fixture Hodgson’s side are unbackably priced in at 13/100.
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