A new manager, a new captain and now England need a new goalscorer if their Euro 2012 campaign is to get them out of the group as Wayne Rooney’s two-match ban rules him out until the final game against the Ukraine in just over two weeks time.
Rooney is a 33/1 shot with Paddy Power to be crowned leading scorer. And while that may be tempting given his international goal-scoring record, 28 in 73 appearances, including four on his tournament debut at Euro 2004, if England fail to win against France or Sweden without him, they’ll need his goals just to keep them in the competition.
It will be worrying for England supporters that Rooney’s Manchester United club-mate Danny Welbeck is next best in the betting at 40/1. His four appearances for England has yet to yield a goal while Andy Carroll has made just three appearances, scoring once in a 1-1 friendly against Ghana in 2011.
Robbie Keane will lead an Ireland team out at their first major finals in 10 years when Euro 2012 gets under way on Friday, June 8.
Ireland haven’t been at the European Championships since their debut appearance in 1988 and LA Galaxy frontman Keane will be looking to increase his 53 international goals tally.
The Tallaght man is 66/1 with Paddy Power to be the tournament’s leading scorer.
Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez will be keen to put last Saturday night’s defeat to Chelsea behind him and snaffle some international silverware with Germany as the countdown to Euro 2012 continues.
Gomez heads the top scorers list at 8/1 and the 6’ 2” striker is an obvious threat given Germany’s unrivalled ability to grind out results in tournament finals.
If you fancy the Germans to win Euro 2012 outright, its 14/1 they oblige with Gomez as the competition’s top scorer in the winner and top goalscorer doubles’ market.
There were 77 goals scored at Euro 2008, the same number as Euro 2004.