You can say what you like about Roy Hodgson and most people do, but four wins from England’s first four Euro 2016 qualifying games, which includes the 2-0 defeat of Group E second favourites Switzerland on the road, is hard to argue with.
It’s now time for a few regulars to take the evening off when Hodgson’s men travel to face the auld enemy Scotland, with a number of hopefuls on the Three Lions’ first-team fringe expected to stake their claims.
Read on for three such players of particular interest…
The Arsenal man famously grabbed three goals against Croatia in only his second competitive Three Lions appearance, having been an unused squad member at the 2006 World Cup, and before being ditched prior to South Africa 2010. Football really is a funny old game sometimes.
Walcott has lightning pace and finishing ability to match any in England’s current first team, which he’ll probably break back into as soon as he puts a run of games together for the Gunners, following nine months out through injury.
The 25-year-old is 2/1 to grab what would be a sixth England goal in Glasgow.
Everton’s latest superstar-in-training is yet to get off the mark in nine England appearances, or in five all-competition matches for the Toffees this term, but seven in 38 fixtures all told under Roberto Martinez during 2013/14 shouldn’t be sniffed at.
Barkley has also only recently returned from injury, completing the full 90 minutes just once for Everton this term and last turning out for his country in the World Cup dead-rubber with Costa Rica.
He should be raring to go at Parkhead and is 5/2 to notch at any time.
Nine goals in Berahino’s first full season in the West Brom senior ranks, when starting just 14 times in all competitions, didn’t coax Hodgson into handing the Burundi-born hitman a Three Lions debut before Brazil, but seven in his first nine Premier League appearances this term have.
The 21-year-old is yet to break the deadlock for the Baggies in 2014/15, but has doubled up twice, so 21/2 on a Berahino brace (or more) in Glasgow rates a fair wager.