Odds shown as:

Euro 2021 Betting: Where can you bet on a player to start for England vs. Croatia?

Euro 2021 Betting: We've compiled four teams according to the odds
Euro 2021 Betting: We've compiled four teams according to the odds

Sky Bet have released odds on which players will start England’s first match against Croatia at Euro 2021. 

The recent qualifiers have presented Gareth Southgate with plenty to ponder ahead of the summer’s Championships, with a number of players impressing for the national team, so much so that it is almost impossible to predict who the England coach will choose as his starting eleven for the curtain raiser against Croatia on 13 June. 

While there are a handful of players who are guaranteed to start and play a key role for the Three Lions throughout the tournament - the likes of John Stones, Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson (if fit), Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling - the rest of the positions are to be contested between a number of the country’s most talented footballers. 

A lot will depend on the formation chosen by Southgate as some players fit certain systems better than others, and we have factored that into our consideration when assessing four different potential line-ups for England at Euro 2021. 

Below, you will find a starting XI selected based on the shortest-priced selections in both a 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 formation, alongside two ‘value’ potential XI’s - one in a 4-3-3 and one in a 3-5-2 - containing players with longer odds in the ‘To Start vs. Croatia’ market with Sky Bet.

A

Team A

The first line-up is the most likely based on the odds. Gareth Southgate often flips between a 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 formation, but with Croatia the biggest threat to the Three Lions in Group D it is likely that a more cautious approach will be adopted, with a flat four at the back and two ‘holders’ deployed in midfield. 

If this is the case, I expect to see Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw - England’s best defensive full-backs - start alongside the trusty centre-back pairing of John Stones and Harry Maguire. Rice and Henderson (if fit) will likely be the linchpins in a midfield-three, with Mason Mount in the creative No 10 role just behind a front-three consisting of Marcus Rashford on the right, Raheem Sterling on the left and Harry Kane through the middle.

Euro Betting Odds
B

Team B

The second option available is a 3-4-3 formation, which quickly turns into a 5-3-2 when the team is defending. This line-up is similar to the 4-3-3 option but would see Walker and Shaw replaced by Kieran Trippier and Ben Chilwell, who arguably offer a little more going forward than the aforementioned pairing, although a strong argument can be built in Shaw’s case. Walker will remain in the side but as a right-sided centre-half as opposed to a wing-back, just like he did at the 2018 World Cup.

This is a slightly more adventurous system which would feature more attacking intent from the full-backs. Trippier’s crossing ability could be the difference in this formation and provide Kane with more to feed off in the box. The same can be said for Trent Alexander-Arnold should the Liverpool man be recalled to the fold for the tournament. 

Mason Mount would play in a more advanced role in this system, alongside Kane and Sterling in the front-three, while Rice and Henderson remain in the centre of midfield.

Euro Group Betting
C_1

Team C

This is where we can start to get a little creative, and where the more valuable selections start to be introduced. It is unlikely that Southgate will divert from his tried and trusted methods for the first game at the European Championships, but if he fancies spicing things up a little then this line-up is certainly one which excites us. 

The notable absentee here is Raheem Sterling, but the Man City winger is in all of the other teams so I thought it was time he gave someone else a chance - he can always be introduced in the latter stages to wreak havoc against exhausted, helpless defenders. A frightening prospect. 

Nick Pope starts between the sticks in this formation as opposed to Jordan Pickford in a move many England fans will hope to see happen on a regular basis. Pickford’s distribution is exemplary but he is too prone to a mistake and fills me with little confidence when facing a high volume of shots. Pope, on the other hand, has work to do in regards to his kicking but he is a much stronger shot-stopper and commands his area better than the Toffees keeper. 

Pope has played the previous three games for England in the absence of the injured Pickford and kept two clean sheets whilst doing so, albeit against far inferior opposition. At 5/2, the Burnley man represents tremendous value in this market. 

Away from the goalkeeping situation and Reece James gets the nod at right-back, priced at 9/4 and a viable option to start the first match of the Euros given his popularity in the international set-up, while Phil Foden (5/4), Jadon Sancho (11/8, fitness depending) and Jack Grealish are also bigger-priced selections and would add a great deal of flare to the starting XI. 

D_1

Team D

The fourth and final line-up is the least likely but features a number of players with attractive odds in this market. 

Man Utd goalkeeper Dean Henderson is a 6/1 shot and could be called upon if he continues to impress at Old Trafford from now until the end of the campaign, and Pickford’s injury woes deepen. Trent Alexander-Arnold was dropped from the squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers but I expect him to be recalled for the Euros and if so he will be a prime candidate to start at right-back in a back-five (2/1).

Jesse Lingard has impressed massively since his move to West Ham and looked sharp against San Marino last week, which although is to be expected from a Premier League footballer playing against part-timers, still shows that he is relishing his new found confidence. 

While it is unlikely he will start the Three Lions’ opener and not even a guarantee that he will make the final 23-man squad, the 9/1 on offer makes Lingard the highest priced player in this market who has a slightly realistic chance of featuring from the outset against Croatia, especially as we all know just how highly he is rated by Southgate.

The ever-present Mason Mount would partner Declan Rice or Jordan Henderson in midfield in our hypothetical ‘Team D’, while Sterling is recalled to partner Kane as a two-man pairing up front. 

What would be your starting eleven for the first game against Croatia? Let us know your thoughts by Tweeting us @BettingOddsUK!

Euro 2021 England Specials
Advert Disclaimer
Bettingodds.com is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that Bettingodds.com accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.
Welcome Offer
#AD Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £20 In Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
#AD New UK customers (Excluding NI) mobile only. £30 in FREE Bets (FB) as £20 in sports bets & a £10 casino bonus (CB). Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. FB applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. FB 7 day expiry. 1 FB offer per customer, household & IP address only. Payment restrictions. 14 days to accept £10 CB, then active for 3 days. CB 5x wagering & max redeemable £100. Game restrictions apply. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. 30 days to qualify. 18+. T&C's Apply. **18+. Prices subject to fluctuation and availability.  T&Cs apply
Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code R30 only, Min £10/€10 stake,  min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 x £10/€10, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Bet £10 get £30 in Free Bets
#AD New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable, and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+BeGambleAware.org. T&Cs apply.
£30 Matched Free Bet if Your First Acca Loses + 50 Bonus Spins
#AD New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football or Horse Racing multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 50 Bonus Spins credited on placement of qualifying Acca bet.50x bonus wagering applies as do weighting requirements, bonus Spins only available on selected games and expires 7 days after being awarded. Debit card deposits only (exclusions apply). 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way. Full terms apply
Bet £20 & Get It Back As Cash If It Loses
#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any market at odds of min 2.0 (EVS) and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply, 18+ begambleaware.org
Bet £10 & Get £30 In Free Bets
#AD 18+ New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.
Money back As A Bonus Up To £40 If Your First Bet Loses + £10 Casino
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first sports bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Visit Unibet.co.uk for full T&C's.
Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets + 100 Free Spins
#AD 18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £10 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days, no cashout. Get 3x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus 100 Free Spins on Big Bass Bonanza, no wagering. Free Bets and Spins expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.
Double the odds, any sport, any bet, any odds!
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org Only valid for new registrations to Grosvenor Existing members do not qualify, Bet must be placed using real money in combination with the Odds Boost Token, Offer applies to Sport bets only. Max stake is £10. Each way bets are a maximum of £5 each way (£10 total). Customers have 60 days after registration to use the Odds Boost token. T&Cs apply.
100% Profit Boost up to £100 (Mobile Only)
#AD New UK customers only. Claim by placing a min deposit £10 via "My Offers" page within 30 days. Skrill/Neteller deposits excluded. 7 days to stake max £10 in-play. Max. extra winnings £100.T&C's apply, 18+ begambleaware.org
Bet £10 Get £10 In Free Bets (APP Only)
#AD New UK, IE & Malta customers only. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.  18+. BeGambleAware.org, T&Cs apply.
Bet £25 get £50 In Bonuses
#AD Place a qualifying £25 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater and get £50 in bonuses 5 x £5 free fixed odds bets, 4 x free £5 spread bets + 50 free spins on Starburst. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. T&Cs Apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Bet £10 Get £40 in Bonuses
#AD New 18+ UK customers only. Register using the promo code WELCOME40, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets and £10 in Free Spins (50x20p) credited within 10 hours of bet settlement. Free Bet stakes are not included in any returns. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 get £15
#AD New customers only. 18+ begambleaware.org 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £15 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at a min. odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement.T&C's apply.
Bet £10 get £10
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org, Welcome Bonus: This offer is for new customers only and is available once per household. Max. FreeBet amount: £10 Minimum Deposit and wagering on sport to activate the Free Bet is: £10 void/cancelled or cashed out bets do not count towards wagering to activate the free bet. Offer valid only to customers making a first deposit of £10 or more. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 get £20
#AD New customers only, welcome bonus: 1st deposit, min deposit: £10, max £20 free bet valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. system bets are not eligible. Neteller, Skrill, and PayPal are not eligible. , 18+ begambleaware.org
50% Up To £50 Welcome Bonus
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms.
Bet £10 & Get £30 In Free Bets + £10 Bonus
#AD Promo code: 30FB • Min deposit £10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days and expires after 14 days • To withdraw any winnings from the Casino Bonus, wager the Bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&Cs apply. 18+ & Begambleaware
£35 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org