England expected to fare strongly

Hosts England (Outright 4/1) are among the teams taking part in Group A of this summer’s European Championships with Sarina Wiegman’s team looking to take advantage of their home status.

The Lionesses are looking to finally break their major tournament duck this summer and they will have a great chance to do so as they play in front of their own fans.

Alongside England in Group A are Norway, Austria, and Northern Ireland (Group A betting – England 2/5, Norway 9/4, Austria 12/1, Northern Ireland 66/1).

England reached the semi-final of the World Cup in 2019 before agonisingly being beaten by the USA.

However, this current group of players is perhaps the strongest England have had and there is a great mix of youth and experience, even without former captain Steph Houghton.

Ellen White is sure to provide goals up front while she will be supported by Manchester City star Lauren Hemp, who at 21-years-old has already established herself as a key component of this England side.

Current skipper Leah Williamson is usually a centre-back but is set to be deployed in midfield for extra stability, while the likes of Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh provide class and quality.

Norway are likely to be the closest challengers to England in the group stage as they look to make it three wins in the competition.

They are boosted by the return of former Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg who is back in the fold after a long-running dispute with the Norwegian FA over pay, and she will hope to drive them on after a very disappointing Euro 2017 where Norway exited in the group stage.

Austria reached the semi-finals in 2017 and could spring something of a surprise again – five years ago, they reached the last four and it was only on penalty kicks they saw their dream run come to an end.

Northern Ireland complete the group as they make their international tournament debut.

Kenny Shiels’ side will have to perform very well to get through and must improve their recent record which stands at five matches without victory.

England’s campaign starts with a game against Austria at Old Trafford on July 6.