It’s fair to say that England’s European Championship effort was nothing short of a disaster.
The part-timers of Iceland embarrassed the multi-millionaires of England in what was one of the biggest shocks in football history.
50 years of hurt continues for the Three Lions, but Sam Allardyce has since taken over from Roy Hodgson and he’ll have a plan to change all that – let’s just hope it’s not as bad as his dancing was during his summer holiday.
England have been handed a kind draw in Group F in their bid to qualify for Russia 2018. They travel to Slovakia this evening and Allardyce’s men could well be getting their toughest fixture out of the way first time up.
There will be plenty of fired-up bellies with a lot of prove, none more so than Wayne Rooney. He was criticised heavily for his performance against Iceland, but he is likely to play a more advanced role in Slovakia and looks a tasty 11/2 to open the scoring.
Scotland wept into their haggis during the summer as they were the only home nation to not qualify for Euro 2016.
Gordon Strachan attempts to take them to their first major tournament since Euro 2000 and they start off with a trip to Malta. It would be disappointing to say the least if they couldn’t dispatch their opposition and they are 11/10 to win both halves.
Northern Ireland fans are still probably celebrating after their Euros effort and now hope to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958.
Confidence should still be through the roof in their camp and they look overpriced at 11/10 to come back from the Czech Republic with a result.