Football By Joe Crilly

Bookies Bet England Will Have Tough Group For £1bn World Cup…Will Rooney Return?

With the World Cup draw taking place on Friday, William Hill are predicting who England could draw in their group. The worst possible draw would be that of Brazil, Sweden and Nigeria and that is 50/1 while perhaps the easiest draw, would be that of Russia, Iran and Panama which is 66/1.

 

As for who will make it onto the plane for England, much of the squad seems to pick itself with Harry Kane at 1/20, Dele Alli at 1/16 and the trio of Eric Dier, Gary Cahill and Marcus Rashford all 1/10. Some of the fringe players make for more interesting reading with Reuben Loftus-Cheek 7/4, Jack Wilshere 4/1 and Wayne Rooney 10/1 despite having retired from international football.  

 

“Being in pot two means England will be desperately hoping to avoid the real big boys but it is 7/2 Southgate’s men draw Argentina and the same price they draw Brazil,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

 

In 2014 the betting industry turned over £1bn for the first time on a World Cup and this time around look set for an even bigger sum.

 

“The World Cup is big business with punters lumping on tournament-long bets and matches,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “As bookies, we can’t afford to be too patriotic as an England win is always our very worst result as the tournament starts.”

 

To be drawn in England’s World Cup 2018 draw: 7/2 Argentina; 7/2 Brazil; 9/2 Costa Rica; 5/1 Egypt; 5/1 Iran; 5/1 Panama; 5/1 Senegal; 5/1 Tunisia; 6/1 Australia; 6/1 Japan; 6/1 Saudi Arabia; 6/1 South Korea; 7/1 Morocco; 7/1 Nigeria; 8/1 Belgium; 8/1 France; 8/1 Germany; 8/1 Poland; 8/1 Portugal; 8/1 Russia; 12/1 Denmark; 12/1 Iceland; 12/1 Serbia; 12/1 Sweden

 

England’s 3 World Cup 2018 group opponents: 50/1 Argentina, Co sta Rica & Serbia; 50/1 Argentina, Iran & Serbia; 50/1 Argentina, Iran & Serbia; 50/1 Brazil, Denmark & Nigeria; 50/1 Brazil, Sweden & Nigeria; 50/1 Poland, Iran & Morocco; 50/1 Russia, Iran & Morroco; 66/1 Argentina, Iceland & Japan; 66/1 Belgium, Senegal & Australia; 66/1 Belgium, Senegal & Saudi Arabia; 66/1 Brazil, Iceland & Japan; 66/1 Brazil, Sweden & Panama; 66/1 France, Senegal & Panama; 66/1 France, Tunisia & Saudi Arabia; 66/1 Germany, Egypt & Sweden; 66/1 Poland, Senegal & Australia; 66/1 Portugal, Tunisia & South Korea; 66/1 Russia, Iran & Panama; 80/1 Argentina, Costa Rica & Morocco; 80/1 Brazil, Costa Rica & Nigeria

 

To make England’s 23 man World Cup squad: 1/20 Harry Kane; 1/16 Dele Alli; 1/10 Eric Dier; 1/10 Gary Cahill; 1/10 Marcus Rashford; 1/9 Kyle Walker; 1/8 Raheem Sterling; 1/6 John Stones; 1/6 Jordan Henderson; 1/5 Danny Rose; 1/5 Jack Butland; 1/5 Joe Hart; 1/4 Adam Lallana; 1/4 Ryan Bertrand; 1/3 Jamie Vardy; 1/3 Jordan Pickford; 4/9 Michael Keane; 8/13 Phil Jones; 8/11 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; 8/11 Keiran Trippier; 4/5 Harry Winks; 11/10 Chris Smalling; 6/5 Danny Welbeck; 5/4 Nathaniel Clyne; 6/4 Jake Livermore; 6/4 Jesse Lingard; 7/4 Fraser Forster; 7/4 Jermain Defoe; 7/4 Reuben Loftus-Cheek; 2/1 Daniel Sturridge; 2/1 Ross Barkley; 3/1 Danny Drinkwater; 3/1 Fabian Delph; 7/2 Aaron Cresswell; 7/2 Michael Antonio; 7/2 Trent Alexander-Arnold; 4/1 Ashley Young; 4/1 Jack Wilshere; 4/1 Luke Shaw; 4/1 Tom Heaton; 5/1 James Ward-Prowse; 5/1 Nathan Redmond; 5/1 Nathaniel Chalobah; 5/1 Scott Sinclair; 5/1 Theo Walcott; 5/1 Tom Davies; 6/1 Alfie Mawson; 6/1 Callum Wilson; 6/1 Phil Jagielka; 6/1 Tammy Abraham; 7/1 Dominic Calvert-Lewin; 7/1 Lewis Cook; 8/1 Jack Cork; 8/1 Leighton Baines; 10/1 James Tarkowski; 10/1 Jonjo Shelvey; 10/1 Wayne Rooney; 10/1 Michael Carrick; 12/1 Will Hughes