Euro 2016: Will England be made to pay the price of finishing behind Wales?
England are through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 as group runners-up behind Wales. So, where does that leave the Three Lions?
England were forced to settle for a runners’ up spot in their group at Euro 2016 on Monday night after they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Slovakia.
The stalemate marked England’s second goalless draw of the campaign in France after their 0-0 result against Russia in their group opener.
The result means that Wales were able to pip their rivals to top spot in the group after their impressive 3-0 win over Russia on Monday night, despite Chris Coleman’s men suffering a frustrating 2-1 loss to England in their second game last week.
England boss Roy Hodgson inevitably came in for criticism following Monday’s result after the manager opted not to play captain Wayne Rooney from the start, and instead utilised the Manchester United skipper after half-time.
However, Hodgson was insistent that his side are on the verge of coming good at Euro 2016 in France this summer.
“Soon we will make someone pay, we will score goals one day,” Hodgson said after the goalless draw against Slovakia on Monday night. “You just don’t know, the way we are playing I am not frightened of anybody.”
Who could England face in the last 16?
After finishing as runners-up in Group B, England’s next game will be against the second placed team in Group F on Monday in Nice.
England’s next possible opponents are either Portugal, Austria, Hungary or Iceland. The Three Lions will discover their next opponents on Wednesday, when the final Group F games are played.
Wales, meanwhile, after finishing as winners of the group, will either face Albania, Czech Republic, Croatia, Turkey, Germany, Poland or Northern Ireland. The Dragons’ last 16 game will be played on Saturday in Paris.
There is sure to be plenty of betting interest in the rest of the tournament as the interest grows towards the knockout phase of the tournament. With the growing interest in the tournament in France, Euro 2016 comes with sports bet and no deposit thanks to special offers with plenty of bookmakers across Europe.
Spain are currently the 3/1 favourites to win the tournament ahead of hosts France at 4/1. England are priced at odds of around 10/1 with most bookmakers, behind Germany at 9/2 and Belgium at 10/1.
Wales can be backed to win the tournament at odds of 40/1 with most bookmakers.
As attentions now gradually begin to turn to the knockout phase of the competition, France, Wales and Italy have all booked their places in the last 16 of the tournament as group winners.