Bookmakers have slashed the odds on England winning Euro 2020 after Gareth Southgate’s men thrashed the Czech Republic and Montenegro this week.
<p>A Raheem Sterling hat-trick inspired them to a 5-0 win over the Czechs at Wembley on Friday night and then they came from behind to record a comfortable 5-1 victory in Montenegro. The Three Lions attacked with pace, purpose and dynamism in both games and they are now the second favourites to win the tournament next summer. They are now as low as 4/1 (5.0) with William Hill, although <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=8e57de00-8c0e-4848-b6da-ea2a0f565fb1" target="_blank" title="888 Sport">888 Sport</a> has a market leading 11/2 (6.50).</p><p>World champions France remain the 7/2 (4.50) favourites after they beat Moldova 4-1 and Iceland 4-0. Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann are in fine form for Les Bleus. But they will be wary of the threat posed by this exciting young England team. They were missing Man Utd duo Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford during the international break, but Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi stepped up and delivered some magnificent performances.</p><h2>Continuing on an upward curve</h2><p>Gareth Southgate has a wealth of young talent to choose from and the World Cup semi-finalists should continue to improve over the next 15 months. Declan Rice could make the holding midfielder position his own, while Ross Barkley looks as though he may finally come of age. Sterner tests that the Czech Republic and Montenegro will await, but the Three Lions are oozing confidence right now.</p><p>They have been installed as the 7/4 (2.75) favourites with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> to win the Nations League in the summer, and that makes sense, as France have already been eliminated. They take on the Netherlands in the semi-finals and they are 23/20 (2.15) favourites to win that. If they succeed, they will face either Portugal or Switzerland in the final and they should fear neither team. Spain, Germany and Belgium are next in the betting to win Euro 2020, and only then do you come to the Netherlands, so England are rated a lot higher than Virgil Van Dijk and co.</p><h2>Raheem Sterling’s stock soars</h2><p>Sterling was on target again for England in their win over Montenegro, taking his haul to four strikes in two games. He has come on leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola at Man City, and he now looks like England’s main man. Van Dijk is still the 1/2 (1.5) favourite with Bet365 to be named PFA Player of the Year this season, but Sterling has gone into 11/4 (3/75) second favourite. There is a compelling case for him to win the honour, as he is in scintillating form for his club too. He has also been cut from 33/1 to 2o/1 to be named Sports Personality of the Year for 2019, mixing it up with the likes of Dina Asher-Smith, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton and Tyson Fury among the favourites.</p>