Raheem Sterling set to captain England against the Netherlands

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus

Sterling to receive huge honour on 50th cap

The time has finally come, with the UEFA Nations League kicking off in Portugal on Wednesday evening. The hosts take on Switzerland in the tournaments opener, with the winners going through to face one of the Netherlands or England in Sunday's final.

It promises to be a historic week, with this the first edition of this competition so the winner will put their name in the record books. England come into it as joint favourites (7/4 @ SkyBet) with hosts Portugal and fans back home are confident that Gareth Southgate & co can build on the excellent foundations they created in Russia last summer, when they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The positivity and togetherness in the England camp is the best that we've seen for some time, so naturally we're all getting very excited about what could unfold in Portugal over the next few days.

But before we can get carried away with England going all the way, we have the small matter of the Netherlands to come on Thursday night, a game which the Three Lions must win in order to make it through to the final.

Much like Southgate, his opposite number Ronald Koeman is blessed with a number of exciting young players so it should make for some game in Guimaraes, hopefully resulting in the Three Lions doing the business.

It promises to a memorable night for a number of reasons but one man in particular is going to relish the return of international football more than most. Manchester City & PFA Young Player of the Year Award winner Raheem Sterling is reportedly going to be handed the captains armband for this encounter, on the occasion of his 50th cap.

Raheem Sterling Gareth Southgate England
Gareth Southgate has managed to get Raheem Sterling to replicate his superb Manchester City form in an England shirt, becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet

The 24 year-old enters the Nations League on the back of his most productive season yet, netting 26 goals in all competitions for Manchester City, playing a starring role in Pep Guardiola's men becoming the first English club to complete a domestic treble.

Sterling's influence at both club and international level is always growing, with him now one of the most respected players in the game following the tremendous work he's done in the fight against racism.

He's become a role model for fellow professionals, youngsters and aspiring footballers around the country. So he's certainly a worthy recipient of the captains armband for this huge game.

He may not be the most vocal player on the pitch when you compare him to some of his teammates, but he's certainly a player who leads by example.

He's netted 6 goals in his last 5 appearances for the Three Lions which includes a hat-trick in their 5-1 win over the Czech Republic back in March, proving that England don't just have to rely on a certain Mr Kane when it comes to hitting the back of the net.

The Nations League wasn't too popular when it was first announced but with England now in with a fantastic opportunity to end their silverware drought which still dates back to THAT win in 1966, fans are getting genuinely excited.

Come on lads, bring it home...

Free Bets & Offers

🦁 ENGLAND @ 30/1 TO BEAT BULGARIA - Normal odds 2/11 🦁
New Customers only. Max bet £1 on England to win - Match Betting - 90 Mins v Bulgaria. Enhanced odds paid out as free bets with a 7-day expiry. Cashed out bets excluded. Offer valid from 09:00BST on Friday 11th October 2019 until 19:45BST on Monday 14th October 2019. Min £5 deposit. Credit/Debit Card deposits only. Geo Restrictions apply. T&Cs apply - see below.
Claim Bonus
🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for us upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
GET A £20 RISK FREE FIRST BET!
New customers only. Sportsbook bets only, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). Refunds are awarded as CASH, up to a max of £20 . Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal are eligible. Qualifying bet must be placed and settled within 30 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £40 in Free Bets 🌟
New Customers Only. Deposit via credit/debit card and bet ¤5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types @ odds 2.0+ & a £20 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographic restrictions apply; T&C's Apply | 18+ | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10, Get £20 In Free Bets
New members only. £10 min deposit and bet, placed and settled at 1.50 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Awarded as 2x non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens. Valid for 14 days. Sportsbook only. Click for full rules.
Claim Bonus
Bet £20 on Football Get £40 in FREE BETS and BONUSES
New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Minimum deposit £10. Place any sportsbook bet (except Racing) of £20+ at minimum odds of 1.40 (2/5) to receive your free bets and casino bonus. 35x wagering on casino bonus. Free bet will expire 7 days after opt in. £20 Casino bonus will expire after 30 days of opt-in.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.