Coral go 38/1 that England win the World Cup
Before punters dismiss this bet out of hand, consider the fact that the Three Lions have won the tournament before, and this price is an enhanced one.
The outright market only offers 28/1 on England winning the World Cup, so bet today on this special and you could clear up if Roy Hodgson defies the odds.
Expectations are, for once, relatively low on the Three Lions’ chances this time around. Playing with freedom, and without such a millstone around the neck of players may pay dividends.
Should England make it out of the group stages, from a pool which contains four-time winners Italy and Copa America holders Uruguay, they will have proven their credentials as a force to be reckoned with.
The Three Lions’ ‘golden generation’ may have disappointed at major tournaments, but the old guard of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and others is supplemented with some impressive young talent.
Daniel Sturridge has had his best scoring season to date at Liverpool, netting 20 Premier League goals. He has been supplemented by club teammates Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson from wide areas and midfield.
Talisman Wayne Rooney is due a performance on the global stage, while attacking midfielder Ross Barkley may have that ‘X factor’ needed to star in Brazil. Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, will be looking to build on a goal in the Maracana that he got last summer in friendly action.
Hodgson may have stumbled upon the right blend of youth and experience, with a decision needed on which two of his three talented left backs to take. Luke Shaw offers raw pace and speed, while Leighton Baines is in his prime, and then there’s the experience of Ashley Cole – all have something to offer as an outlet on that flank.
If ever a bet was worth a cheeky couple of quid on it, then this is surely it. Back England with no pressure put upon them to win the World Cup on South American soil.