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England Latest Euros Odds: Three Lions 10/3 despite Brazil setback

England remain the 10/3 favourites for Euro 2024 this summer, but they were handed a reality check at Wembley on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to Brazil.

The hosts had hoped to send a message to their rivals at this summer's tournament by beating the South American giants, but they looked lacklustre for the majority of the game before Endrick's strike sealed the deal.

The Three Lions will get the chance to respond against Belgium on Tuesday, but there is already some cause for concern, especially with hosts Germany making a huge statement of their own.

Southgate needs more from current group

England qualified for Euro 2024 with ease, winning six of their eight games and remaining unbeaten. Their toughest opponents were Italy in qualifying Group C, but still England did what they needed to do.

The next few months will all be about fine-tuning their preparations and avoiding injury, but the Three Lions have already shown they can be off the boil without some of their key players.

Now, that is no surprise, as all teams would suffer without their leading playmakers, but so much of England's play goes through striker Harry Kane.

The Bayern Munich ace sat out Saturday's game due to an ankle injury and he has since returned to Germany for treatment, meaning he will also miss the friendly with Belgium.

In his absence Ollie Watkins wasted a big chance to score and England looked a little disjointed with the Aston Villa man leading the line, even during the best club campaign of his career.

England were also without Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka, while Kyle Walker was subbed off as a precaution due to a hamstring injury.

Without the Manchester City man's pace at the back, the Three Lions looked exposed and vulnerable and those are all things that Gareth Southgate will want to work on before his team head to Germany.

England's defeat was only narrow and far from disastrous, and they are still 10/3 to lift the trophy or 9/2 to finish as the runners-up, while those that expect them to struggle can back them to exit the tournament at the last-16 stage at 4/1.

Fringe players hoping to have their say

Overreaction to friendly defeats in the lead-up to international tournaments is not new and it will happen right up until the Euros get underway.

Friendlies for most fans are now the only way to judge their national teams and Southgate has proven time and time again that he can get a tune out of England on the big stage.

The former centre-back handed international debuts to Ezri Konsa and Anthony Gordon, as well as Kobbie Mainoo, and they are the latest players to be given a chance under the Three Lions boss.

While Southgate has stayed loyal to several of his team, Saturday's friendly once again showed that he will need to experiment in their final three friendlies.

England will play Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland before the Euros, so time is running out for some of his fringe players to catch his eye.

Jarrod Bowen and Ivan Toney will hope to start on Tuesday, while Jarrad Branthwaite, James Maddison and Joe Gomez will look to stake their claims that they deserve to be on the plane to Germany.

If England's squad is fit and firing, then there's no need to panic come June, but Saturday showed that some of the players in the periphery need more time to adjust to Southgate's demands.

Germany set their stall out ahead of huge summer

Favourites England were not the only team to suffer on Saturday, as France were beaten 2-0 by Germany in Lyon.

Julian Nagelsmann's side made a sublime start, scoring after just seven seconds through Florian Wirtz, while Kai Havertz added a second for Germany as they ended a three-game winless run.

Nagelsmann's team kept France quiet for the majority of the match and his side showed a glimmer of what they could do on home soil this summer.

Midfielder Toni Kroos returned to the fold after ending his international retirement and German fans may soon start to dream after such an impressive win.

France remain the second favourites to win the Euros at 7/2, while Germany are 13/2 to get their hands on the trophy for the first time since 1996.

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