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England - Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup
England has advanced to the quarterfinals in two of the last three World Cups, but they have not advanced further than that since they won in 1966. They have a lot of pressure on them and there is pressure on them to advance further than they did in South Africa when they were a disappointment and did not move past the round of 16.
There is no lack of big name players for the Four Lions, but goalkeeping is a continued weakness, as is their inability to beat the top tier teams. That is a concern for them heading into Brazil since they are playing in a tough group along with Italy, Uruguay, and Costa Rica.
England Odds to win World Cup 2014: +3300
England Odds to win Group D: +225
How They Advanced:
While England was not in the toughest European qualifying group they were not in the easiest having to face Ukraine and Poland. The Four Lions came through qualifying unbeaten with six wins and four draws. They won three of their last matches, but beating big teams is a concern and that was highlighted in qualifying. Facing Ukraine, who lost to Portugal in the European playoff ties, the English played to a couple of draws.
There is not a tougher prediction than England in this World Cup or the last few for that matter. Uruguay had to play an intercontinental playoff to advance to Brazil and Italy was great in qualifying. However, England will make it out of this tough group. They may not win the group, or they just may, but the Four Lions will progress and not only do so, but advance to the quarterfinals yet again.
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 Key Players
Wayne Rooney FW Manchester United – The World class striker has shown in the England Premier League, but can he do so on the world stage?
Steven Gerrard MF Liverpool – Leader of the England midfield and a playmaker that has to do just that, especially against Uruguay and Italy.
Daniel Sturridge FW Liverpool – Has been on fire this season in the Premier League and has to play well along side Rooney in Brazil.
Past World Cup Results:
2010 Lost to Germany 4-1 in the round of 16
2006 Quarterfinals lost to Portugal on penalties
2002 Quarterfinals lost to Brazil 2-1
England World Cup Schedule:
England World Cup Roster