John Terry, the babe of former England managers, Fabio Capello, Steve McClaren, and Sven-Goran Eriksson, could be facing the end of his career in a white shirt, after a number of bookies slashed the odds on a Terry-less European Championship to just 4/9.
Terry’s lack of favour with the bookmakers stems from his lacklustre form, in recent weeks, coupled with the knowledge that one-half of the Ferdinand brothers, Anton, could be called up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2012.
As most football fans will be aware, Ferdinand and Terry cannot co-exist in the same side, leaving Hodgson with an unenviable ‘one or the other’ decision to make before the first ball is kicked in Poland, on June 8.
Terry is alleged to have insulted his opposite in the QPR team at the end of October, last year, an accusation that he has denied. The case will head to court on July 9, with Terry potentially facing a charge of racially aggravated abuse.
Chelsea’s Premier League match against Liverpool, last night, served as a microcosm of Terry’s problems on the pitch, in recent weeks. He was booked, outrun by the Reds’ forwards, and caught wandering out of position.
One need only look at the scoreline from yesterday’s match – 4-1, in Liverpool’s favour – to realise that Chelsea had serious problems at the back, an area of the pitch that falls squarely within Terry’s jurisdiction.
All eyes will be on Roy Hodgson, as the European Championships approach. It remains to be seen whether the former West Brom chief will stick with England’s staples, such as Gerrard, Rooney, and Lampard, or plump for a younger, less experienced side.
England are currently the fourth favourite to win in Poland and the Ukraine with Euro 2012 betting with Bet Victor.
Hodgson will announce his first squad list on May 16. England will then play Norway and Belgium, both friendly games, on May 26 and June 2, respectively, before the side take on France, on June 11, in their first group match of Euro 2012.
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