England starting 11 odds: Who will Southgate pick against Croatia?
England boss Gareth Southgate has named his provisional squad for the European Championship and the battle for places in the opening match against Croatia now begins.
Southgate has selected a 33-man party that will be trimmed down to 26 players on June 1, allowing him to include several players who are injury doubts while 12 members of his squad could feature in this week’s Europa League and Champions League finals.
Coral have a market on who will be picked to face Croatia so here we assess the options available and some of the England starting 11 odds.
Nick Pope looked a genuine threat to Jordan Pickford’s status as England’s number one but the absence of the Burnley shot-stopper means Pickford is 1/6 to keep the gloves.
John Stones looks certain to start at 1/20 assuming he comes through the Champions League final on Saturday unscathed but Harry Maguire’s current odds of 1/3 could drift if it appears he will not recover from an ankle injury in time, having missed the last four games of the Premier League season.
Jordan Henderson is included despite not having played for Liverpool since February following groin surgery.
The 30-year-old is one of England’s most experienced players and part of the leadership group so will be given plenty of time to prove his fitness and is evens to start against Croatia.
Kalvin Phillips (6/4) and Jack Grealish (6/1) have also had recent injury problems while Jesse Lingard is 13/2 to start, having looked certain to have the summer off before his January loan move to West Ham which proved such a success.
Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup and ended the season as the top scorer in the Premier League so is almost certain to start against Croatia at 1/20.
Raheem Sterling (4/6) and Marcus Rashford (evens) are the other obvious attacking options while Mason Greenwood (16/1) and Ollie Watkins (20/1) may not make the final squad despite being chosen in the provisional party ahead of the likes of Danny Ings and Patrick Bamford.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication