Tonight’s friendly against Mexico should be a good test of how far England have progressed under Fabio Capello and will be a useful guide to the national team’s prospects in Group C where they will face opposition from three different continents .
The USA will be England’s first opponents on Saturday June 12th followed by games against Algeria and Slovenia .
Fabio Capello has stated that England are capable of winning the tournament and his target is to "play the final".
The England player’s seem certain to go into the tournament better prepared mentally and physically than ever before and there is growing hope and expectation that England will pose a big threat to top fancy’s Spain and Brazil .
England are very strongly fancied to win Group C and the top price of 1/3 is not too attractive . However some bookmakers are also betting on how many points England will take from the Group stage and Bet365 make England 15/8 to take a maximum nine points and 21/10 to take seven points from their three Group C games .
If England are to win the Group seven or nine points would seem quite probable .
For those who think this current England team is over-rated Bet365 offer 500/1 for there to be a national disaster and England to lose all three Group games !