European U-21 Championships 2011
This entry was posted on Friday, June 10th, 2011
A trophy you say? No thanks, say Wenger’s young guns.
Whilst Jack Wilshere is out of office for the UEFA U21 Championship, football supporters around the country will be relying upon its scraps, to keep their season alive that little bit longer.
Group A pits the hosts Denmark, against Belarus, Iceland and Switzerland whilst Group B sees England face the Czech Republic, Spain and Ukraine.
England were semi-finalists in 2007 and runners-up in 2009 (beaten by the absent Germany) so the next step in theory for Psycho’s men would be to win the tournament (4/1 at Ladbrokes). However, with the combined talents of Wilshere, Micah Richards, Kieran Gibbs and Andy Carroll all pulling out in recent weeks, England may in fact struggle. Theo Walcott is another eligible player who will be elsewhere. With all these Arsenal players not involved, who will provide that vital big-match experience, helping to see the side through in the dying minutes…
Spain perhaps, with their ability to call upon World Cup Winners Javi Martinez and Juan Mata, as well as the talented Bojan and future Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea, yet they have failed to win any of their three recent friendly matches.
A better punting option could be the Czechs (6/1 at Ladbrokes) who qualified unbeaten, conceding just four goals in eight games and in Tomáš Pekhart, who briefly passed through White Hart Lane as a teenager, they have the top scorer from the qualifying campaign. They also boast the oldest player in the tournament in 23-year-old Slovan Liberac defender Marcel Gecov – UEFA are clearly more relaxed than the average West End Bouncer when it comes to age restriction.
We fancy both finalists to come from Group B and have a sneaky feeling England will drop out in the group stages. Back the final to be Spain v Czech Republic at 7/1.