England manager Roy Hodgson revealed he would be handing shock first international starts to both Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy when the Three Lions take on San Marino in Serravalle.
The pair could hardly ask for an easier introduction into competitive action for their country and bwin go 8/1 about both of them (along with Arsenal’s resurgent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) finding the net in the fixture.
Speaking to the Guardian two days ago the Gunners forward revealed that up until recently he had been playing through pain due to the knock-on effects of a serious cruiciate ligament injury sustained against Aston Villa two seasons previously, “then, towards the end of the season, something turned the screw. I don’t know what. All of a sudden it went away as if nothing had happened”.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has featured in all four Premier League games this season, twice from the off and the knowledge that he is playing unhindered by niggles against the Sammarinese makes him the cornerstone of the wager.
The Arsenal man has scored on both his previous starts against the microstate minnows too, but what are the chances of the pair earning their first full cap netting to land the 8/1?
Swansea fulcrum Shelvey has been at the centre of everything Garry Monk’s men have done this term, pulling the strings with a team-high average of 62 passes an outing, but he has also been getting off a mean three shots a game too.
A devotee of efforts from range, there is every likelihood one of the Essex boy’s Exocets will find its way beyond home stopper Aldo Simoncini, more used to saving tax money than Jonjo thunderbolts in his day job as an accountant.
Leicester man Vardy, meanwhile, has already reaffirmed his eye for goal in registering twice in four games during the Foxes expectation-defying start to the campaign.
His brand of pace and directness on the ball and defender-bothering belligerence off it look tailor-made to expose the lack of assurance in a frail home rearguard.
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