Odds England Will Win World Cup 2014
It has been 48 years since England last won the World Cup in 1966. With each passing tournament, the pressure on the English national side grows. England currently sports World Cup betting odds of +225 to win Group D and 28/1 to win the tournament. They have progressed to the quarterfinals in four of their last six World Cup appearances, but anything short of an appearance in the final will be considered failure by English football fans.
England will be bringing a youthful squad to Brazil 2014, leaving behind veterans like Jermain Defoe and Ashley Cole in favour of youngsters like Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley. England will be in tough in the Group Stage against a pair of squads that also own World Cup titles. Italy is the favorite in the group, pegged at +150, while Uruguay, the sixth-ranked squad in the world, sits at +180.
Early World Cup Pick
England will be put to the test immediately in Group Stage action with their first match against old foe Italy. It will be the 25th meeting between the two European powerhouses. Italy holds the edge in all-time meetings, recording 10 wins and six draws, but it was England who was victorious in their last match, a 2012 friendly. England last faced Uruguay in a 2006 friendly, which they won 2-1. But Uruguay has played excellent football of late, recording wins over powerhouses like Argentina and Colombia, and represent a real threat to England’s chances of advancing beyond the Group Stage. England faces Costa Rica in their final Group Stage match; a game they must win to have any chance of advancing.
England Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
England advanced through qualifying unbeaten, recording six wins and four ties, in a qualifying group that included European middleweights Ukraine and Poland.
07/09/12 Moldova 0 – 5 England
11/09/12 England 1 – 1 Ukraine
12/10/12 England 5 – 0 San Marino
17/10/12 Poland 1 – 1 England
22/03/13 San Marino 0 – 8 England
26/03/13 Montenegro 1 – 1 England
06/09/13 England 4 – 0 Moldova
10/09/13 Ukraine 0 – 0 England
11/10/13 England 4 – 1 Montenegro
15/10/13 England 2 – 0 Poland
England World Cup Group Play Schedule
4/06/14 England vs. Italy - Arena Amazonia
19/06/14 Uruguay vs. England - Arena Corinthians
24/06/14 Costa Rica vs. England - Estadio Mineirão
England Key Players
Wayne Rooney FW, Manchester United – The EPL star is a threat all over the pitch, scoring from long distance, playing tireless defense. He is a clear leader on the English squad.
Steven Gerrard MF Liverpool – A prolific scorer and playmaker, Gerrard’s leadership will also be counted on against top-tier opponents like Italy and Uruguay.
Daniel Sturridge FW Liverpool – Cool and patient with the ball, the Liverpool star will need to play well alongside Rooney for England to have a chance in Brazil.