Suspended Danny Welbeck’s place in the England starting line-up is set to be taken by Manchester City’s versatile winger James Milner against Ukraine and although the Leeds native’s experience and all-round attributes will be vital in Kiev, the 4/1 about him scoring a goal in the game should be avoided.
Milner’s selfless and tenacious style of play has seen him rack-up 86 Premier League appearances for star-studded City after a £26m transfer from Aston Villa three years ago, but his goal record at club level has largely diminished since the move.
A seven-goal haul for Villa in the 2009/10 Premier League campaign has been followed by three consecutive seasons in which Milner has failed to find the back of the net more than four times in all competitions.
His solitary England strike away to Moldova last September means he has failed to score in 39 out of 40 internationals played and cannot be backed with any confidence to bring his England tally up to two against Mykhaylo Fomenko’s team.
Conversely, Everton’s Ross Barkley is extremely tempting at three times that price to net the last goal of the game.
Injuries to their top three centre-forwards has left England short of direct attacking threats and manager Roy Hodgson dropped a huge hint as to where his thinking lies when giving Barkley half an hour to impress against Moldova at Wembley.
The 19-year-old showed enough in that time to stake a claim for a role against Ukraine, linking up well with fellow Liverpudlians Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert and coming agonisingly close to a debut goal when flashing a shot just wide of the post.
If England are chasing the game in the second-half Hodgson has few attacking options at his disposal and Barkley, who has already got off the mark for Everton this season, looks likely to be in line for a rescue act.
At 12/1 to round off the scoring in Kiev and your stake back if he doesn’t get on the pitch, Barkley is a great price to become England’s latest boy-hero.