England boss Roy Hodgson says his side are ready to give someone a hiding at Euro 2016 (England – 10/1 Tournament Outright) after their frustrating 0-0 draw with Slovakia on Monday night.
England progressed through to the knockout stages of the competition after the stalemate in St Etienne with the Three Lions wasting plenty of chances against the defensive-minded Slovakians.
Hodgson’s decision to rotate his squad and make six changes to the side that had beaten Wales 2-1 has been criticised, but the coach is adamant his players did him proud again and, but for some last-ditch defending from their opponents and missed opportunities, the result could have been much different.
The former Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom boss is sure his side will finally realise their potential and dish out a hammering in the knockout stage, with the Three Lions waiting to find out if they will face Portugal, Austria, Hungary or Iceland in the last-16 on Monday.
He said: “We’re not doomed yet. We can’t do much more, we dominated the game from start to finish, we had so many chances and one day we will put them away. I can’t fault the effort and work of the players.
“It is a little bit embarrassing – it has been attack versus defence in all three games and I never thought I’d see England dominate three games like we have done.
“Sooner or later we will get the reward for our play. Someone might find themselves on the end of a tough result. Soon we will make someone pay.”
Wales topped Group B after their impressive 3-0 win over Russia and Chris Coleman’s side are now on offer at 40/1 to go on and win the tournament in their first-ever appearance at the Euros.
odds subject to change