Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Italy has seen England’s World Cup odds slightly drift, with Ladbrokes offering the best price of 33/1 on England to win the World Cup – most other layers are at 25/1, or 28/1, largely where they were pre tournament.
Despite the defeat, the manner of England’s performance against Italy seems to have heartened punters about the chances of Roy Hodgson’s team progressing in the tournament. They are now a best price of 10/11 with Betbright to get out of the group, and if you fancy England to go all the way to the final you can get 14/1 on them reaching the final with 888Sport.
Speaking of 888Sport, and if England’s new attacking brand of football has convinced you that they can go all the way and win the World Cup, you’ll be pleased to know that 888Sport’s 66/1 on England winning the trophy is still available for another 24 hours or so.
Raheem Sterling looked dangerous, Ross Barkley again impressed from the bench, and England in general looked every bit Italy’s match last night. Apart from the obvious teams like Brazil, Argentina, etc, I got the impression that England don’t really need to fear anyone at the World Cup, and if they can progress from the group, they would be a dangerous side in the knock out stages that no one would fancy facing.
Let’s hope – from an England fan’s point of view – that last night’s attacking brand of football is the start of things to come and not a one off. I believe that it will be how England continue to approach the tournament, because if there was one game I expected a cautious team selection in, it was the Italy match.
The facts are now that England have to go for the 3 points in the Uruguay match, I suppose it’s more of a must win game for the South Americans (as their final match is against Italy) than it is for England, but in order to keep their destiny in their own hands, England will need to beat the Uruguayans in São Paulo on Thursday.