Patriotic punters put faith in England

Sky Bet’s punters have not been deterred by England’s uninspiring form as Roy Hodgson’s men head to Switzerland well backed to claim three points.

England picked up just one point in their dismal World Cup campaign and put in another below-par performance in their first friendly outing since Brazil – a 1-0 win over Norway last Wednesday.

The going gets tougher for Hodgson and his squad tonight as they travel to Basel in their opening qualifier for Euro 2016 as 9/5 underdogs, with Switzerland rated 8/5 favourites to win.

Sky Bet’s customers have been keen on the value on England though, forcing the price in from 15/8 to 9/5, with the hosts attracting little support in the match result market.

Sky Bet’s Dale Tempest said: “Punters could have been forgiven for losing faith in England but it seems they’re as patriotic as ever heading into the new campaign.

“An England win won’t be a good result for our books but we’re behind them nonetheless and we make them 8/13 favourites to win Group E and 14/1 to win the Euros in two years’ time.”

Meanwhile, Hodgson is 1/4 to still be in charge of the Three Lions by the end of the 2016 qualifiers, but Sky Bet are already taking bets on his eventual successor, making Gary Neville the 8/1 favourite

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