The odds on England winning the World Cup have drifted in recent weeks due to several key players either picking up injuries or ending the season out of form after the long Premiership season.
The England World Cup Odds are now available at 13/2 with one bookie, that’s a point better than they were a few weeks ago when England were all the rage in the World Cup Betting. The bookies’ odds don’t make England any less likely to win the World Cup but they are a good measure of confidence behind the team going into the World Cup.
Gareth Barry, who had become a key player under Fabio Capello, is now only rated about 50:50 to go to the World Cup after injuring his ankle in the penultimate game of the season against Tottenham. John Terry was thought to be in risk of missing the World Cup after picking up a foot injury last week, he seems ok but these injuries can always come back to haunt players during physically exhausting tournaments such as the World Cup.
There are even question marks against players such as Ashley Cole and Aaron Lennon, both of whom have missed the second half of the season only to return with a couple of games left. This of course leaves them relatively fresh, but they may not be in top form going into the World Cup.
Then there is Wayne Rooney, not long ago he was all the rage in the Golden Boot betting but now he ended the season carrying a few injuries and not scoring. England’s World Cup hopes rest firmly on the Man Utd striker’s shoulders as otherwise England are looking at the likes of Emile Heskey and Peter Crouch to fire them to World Cup glory, hardly an exciting prospect.
England will of course, qualify from the group stage and then their odds will shorten but they still look short of the quality required to win the World Cup, especially with Spain looking so strong at the moment. Are we just being too patriotic thinking England can win the World Cup or do they genuinely go there as one of the most likely winners? Time will tell.