By Benjamin Leo
9th June 2016 at 6:00am

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming! Football’s coming home….possibly.

If England have any chance of winning Euro 2016 they’ll need to first see off Russia in their opening game. And what better way to back the Three Lions to victory than with a JUICY enhancement from Marathonbet?

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The bad news is England haven’t progressed as far as the semi-finals since  Euro 96, when Gareth Southgate missed his decisive penalty and sent the Three Lions packing.

The good news is there hasn’t in recent years been as much excitement about an England squad as this current crop. Young, eager and fresh talent is in abundance with the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Jack Wilshere all ready let rip. Backed up by experienced heads like Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney and Gary Cahill, it could be a tournament to remember.



  • England head into Euro 2016 off the back of a 100% qualifying campaign. They played 10, won 10
  • England have not lost over 90 or 120 minutes in 22 Euro fixtures, going back to the 3-2 defeat by Croatia in November 2007
  • England last played Russia in 2007 during Euro 2008 qualification and lost 2-1 away – but they beat them 3-0 at home earlier on in the group
  • No country has been eliminated more times from the European Championship group stage since 1980 than England (4)

POSSIBLE FIRST XI: Hart (GK), Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Rose, Alli, Dier, Wilshere, Vardy, Rooney, Kane


  • Came second in their Euro 2016 qualifying group – 8 points behind winners Austria
  • CSKA Moscow boss Leonid Slutskiy took over as Russia boss in August 2015 alongside his club duties and won his first four matches on the bounce
  • Midfield creative Oleg Shatov could prove problematic for England – the versatile attacker notched eight goals and six assists in the Russian Premier League last season

POSSIBLE FIRST XI: Akinfeev (GK), Smolnikov, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Kombarov, Denisov, Glushakov, Kokorin, Shirokov, Shatov, Dzyuba

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