This is the team which can get England off to a flying start in Euro 2020 against Croatia on Sunday - and if these lads do the business, I reckon we can win it.
Do you hear me Easyodds people? We can WIN this thing.
But it’s crucial we get off to a decent start. So ahead of the first game, other pundits have had their say - now it’s Uncle Vinnie’s turn.
So listen up Gareth and base your team on my England XI because it’s dynamic, carries a real threat of goals, but is also sound at the back. It’s the f*cking b*llocks if truth be told.
I’m going with Jordan Pickford in goal. He’s energetic, thrives on the big occasion, and is less erratic now than he was as a young ’keeper. He’s a great shot-stopper and can definitely man-up between the sticks. He’s a presence.
My three centre-backs are John Stones, Conor Coady and Kyle Walker - all had great seasons. Harry Maguire would’ve been in, but he’s short of game-time and misses out for me in this first game - and the same applies to Jordan Henderson. Too soon.
My wing-backs are Kieran Trippier and Reece James - great energy and ready to bomb on - with Declan Rice sitting back. I’d have Kalvin Philips in next to him if we’re playing a four, but let’s go for a three in this first game.
In front of Rice is his pal Mason Mount, with Jack Grealish one side and Marcus Rashford the other. Up top, of course, is captain Harry Kane.
With Raheen Sterling and Phil Foden ready to come on, not to mention the likes of Jude Bellingham - what a prospect! - England can be dynamic but also pragmatic when you think we’ve got Phillips, Henderson and Maguire to come in and shore things up.
Of course, it was gutting for Trent Alexander-Arnold to miss out. TAA has his knockers but I can’t see why - he’s done so much for a kid his age and there’s so much more to come. But what a chance for Ben White now.
Fans of the column will know how much I rated Ben when we had him at Leeds. It’s fantastic for the lad and Brighton - well done Graham Potter I say.
Well done, too, Dean Smith. He handed Jack Grealish the responsibility of being captain and he’s become a right talisman for Villa and, for me, is now the second name on the England teamsheet behind King Kane.
Grealish arrives fresh and is like Gascoigne on the ball - no f*cker can get it off him, unless they foul him. Great strength.
Great strength is what Marcus Rashford clearly has, both mentally and physically. The kid has carried plenty on his young shoulders but remains an example to us all - old and young. I thought he was England’s best player in the friendly against Romania, scored a penalty and wore the captain’s armband proudly. Different class.
In time, Bellingham might be the first name on the teamsheet. Someone’s described him as a Rolls Royce as a player - not wrong. I’d still have Philips in ahead of him as it stands, but the Euros can be a great experience for Bellingham moving forward.
Mount and James have been stars for Chelsea and deserve their place in the starting line-up. Both are still young men but they have that big-game experience which is vital. They went all the way with the Blues and I reckon they can go all the way with England.
And then leading the line, there is only one choice - Harry Kane. After his Golden Boot success at the World Cup three years ago, don't be surprised to see Harry to add a nother individual award to his collection. He will have some stiff competition from the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo, but for me Kane will be banging them as usual. Boom!
There’s a lot of strong teams at the Euros this year like France, Belgium, Portugal and Italy, but if England keep a cool head I reckon it could be coming home.
Keep the faith my Easyodds friends - it’s going to be a fantastic ride
Patrick Cantaly, you f*cking beauty.
Another winner for Vinnie, this time in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio, although what a nightmare for Big John Rahm. Six clear only to be told he couldn’t play because of a positive Covid test. Why the delay? I thought these things were done instantly.
Anyway, it gave Cantlay a chance and he edged out Morikawa in a playoff to win the loot for Easyodds followers - and we almost copped the double with Thomas Detry joint-second to an inspired Marcus Armitage in the Porsche European Open. So close to a Vinnie big-tournament double!
We’re now just a week away now from the US Open - so catch me next week for the lowdown on Torrey Pines - but this week stateside we’re at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree - a first PGA Tour event for them. We’re back in South Carolina so expect lots of local support for Dustin Johnson. DJ is favourite and should go well.
However, Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee are powerhouse Brooks Koepka, who’ll be delighted DeChambeau is absent this week and will relish one of the par fives which measures 645yds, the consistent Sungjae Im and, at a three-figure price, Nate Lashley after a decent show at the Charles Swab Challenge. I’m keeping an eye on Tyrell Hatton, too.
That’s all Easyodds people, but before I go don't forget to catch my progress in the tipping competition around the Greyhound Derby which is currently taking place at Towcester.
They know I'm a massive fan of the dogs, so asked me to get involved again. It's not been easy getting winners, but I'm doing better than most!
It's the second round on Friday, so follow me at https://www.bagsracing.com/derby-tipping.html.
Have a great week.
Vinnie’s best bets
England to win the tournament
Harry Kane to be top Goalscorer
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