Stuart Pearce didn’t quite deliver on his promise of picking a young and inexperienced squad for the friendly against Holland and indeed following Tom Cleverly’s withdrawal from the clash through injury, Fraizer Campbell is the only uncapped player in the party.
Nevertheless, in the absence of the likes of John Terry and Wayne Rooney, there will be a youthful look about the team at Wembley and subsequently BetVictor make the hosts 19/10 outsiders to beat the 2010 World Cup finalists.
Ultimately a lack of quality could be England’s undoing and the Dutch are decent value at 7/4 with Ladbrokes to emerge triumphant and increase the clamour for Harry Redknapp to take charge before summer’s European Championship.
Darren Bent has joined Rooney on the sidelines, further depleting the home side’s strike force and leaving just Campbell, Dean Sturridge and Danny Welbeck in attack. That trio have just four caps between them and they might struggle to get any change from a well-organised Holland rearguard.
Paddy Power’s 7/2 for the Dutch to prevail ‘to nil’ catches the eye then and Stan James make the visitors 15/2 to grab the game’s only goal.
Holland to beat England ‘to nil’ – 7/2 (Paddy Power)