Almost fifty years on from their incredible maiden World Cup victory England continue to pursue that elusive second win. With lower expectations this year, will the lack of pressure help this young England squad perform well? At odds of 28/1 they are a huge price. Ladbrokes offer 25/1, a free £50 bet, and will refund losing bets if any of Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi or Suarez finish as top scorer. Click here to get this offer. The best odds on England are available at Boyle Sports who offer double odds to new account holders, making England an incredible 56/1. Click here to get this offer.
England World Cup odds
Whether this reduction in pressure will help the England squad is completely unknown and they are possibly the most ‘mixed bag’ team in the competition, with the ability to make it through to the semi-finals as well as the possibility of losing every group game and being knocked out at the first hurdle. Get the latest odds on all World Cup teams here.
England’s record at the last four World Cups read extremely similarly, with two round of 16 appearances and two quarter final appearances, losing to Germany, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, twice on penalties.
If England are to reach their second World Cup final they will need to overcome their knockout performances against the top nations. There are encouraging signs, however, with friendly wins over Spain, Italy and Brazil, all three big contenders for the World Cup in 2014.
If England are to progress to the latter stages of the tournament they will need an in form Wayne Rooney who has been on a good run of form in England colours. His 2013/14 season may be crucial to his performance in Brazil as he looks for a permanent place in a starting eleven. Get the latest odds on Wayne Rooney as Golden Boot here.
Steven Gerrard will captain England, if fit, and will be key to controlling an England midfield that possess bags of skill. Jack Wilshere will also need to stay fit if England are to produce their best football having been the stand out player against Brazil, winning the man of the match award in their 2-1 win.
Best bets for England at World Cup 2014
I doubt even the most hopeful of England fans would bet on England to win the World Cup, although the most pessimistic of Brazilians might after grabbing a win and a draw from them this year. They are 25/1 to win the tournament. England haven’t lost an opening World Cup game since 1986 but have drawn three of their last five. If the pattern continues they should win in Brazil next year and kick the tournament off in style.