English sporting success continues
Excitement continues to build ahead of the European Championships later this year, in which England are now amazingly the general favourites for the title. This follows on from the incredible victory of the England Cricket team in landing the World Cup over the summer on home soil. You can also bet on cricket online, as England continue their impressive form in the test match against South Africa. They now lead 2-1 going into the final test at the Wanderers stadium.
Moving back to the football and England have been drawn in Group D for the finals, which sees them face off against Croatia, the Czech Republic and the final side in the group has yet to be finalised. They will be strong favourites to progress through to the knockout stages but were beaten by Croatia in the semi-finals at the World Cup, so it is now likely to be all plain-sailing.
England have been made the favourites for the finals ahead of the likes of World champions France, defending champions Portugal and a revitalised Italian side. This is following their very impressive qualification that saw them top group A. They finished having taken 21 points from a possible 24, winning seven matches and losing just once. This included conceding just six goals and scoring 37.
They kick started qualification by beating the Czech Republic 5-0, with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick. They have again been drawn against the same side in the finals, so will be confident they can again pick up a similar result. England then backed this up with a 5-1 away victory against Montenegro. This victory was expected with Sterling again getting on the scoresheet in the very one-sided affair.
Matchday three then saw England pick up another impressive 4-0 victory over Bulgaria. This included a hat-trick from captain Harry Kane, who is now injured and in a race to get fit ahead of the finals later this year. Kosovo were next and they provided the most difficult test to date for this youthful England side. The visitors took the lead inside a minute but ultimately could not deal with England, with the game finishing 5-3.
England were then surprising beaten the following match, as they dropped their first and only points of qualification. This saw the Czech Republic come from behind to win 2-1 following a late winner. This was a much deserved result as the hosts created more chances than England. England then returned to winning ways with a dominant 6-0 away victory over Bulgaria. It was a very hostile night, with the senior players coming to the fore as both Sterling and Kane got on the scoresheet.
The final match of qualification saw England finish with an emphatic 7-0 home victory over Montenegro. Kane picked up a hat-trick , in what was a perfect end to a very positive qualification. England now head into the finals full of confidence and will be hoping they could land the title for the first time in their history.