Apr 30, 2014
England is always under great pressure from their home fans and the media alike when this tournament comes around, but the footballing world is downplaying the Three Lions chances at the 2014 World Cup and that could be a blessing in disguise for the English.
Generally underachievers at the World Cup, England can almost be counted upon to get to the group stages, but they tend to go missing when it matters most in this tournament.
The England team likely to compete in Brazil lacks the talent of previous World Cup campaigns, but facing opponents like Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D, rather than much stronger teams like Argentina, Brazil and Spain, they have a reasonable chance to get through to the next round.
Early 2014 World Cup odds for England had them $34 to win the tournament and $3.10 to win Group D.
England World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $34.00
Win Group D: $3.10
Qualify for next Round: $1.57
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $11.00
>>> Visit sportsbet.com.au for the latest England World Cup Odds
England is in a three-way battle with Italy and Uruguay for the top two spots in Group D and they should be capable of finishing above at least one of them.
If you fancy England then the $3.10 about winning Group D is certainly worth a crack, alternatively the $1.57 about them getting through to the next stage is worth considering.
Group D Draw for England
England will play Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay in Group D and their first match is on Sunday 15th June 2014 against Italy at 8am in the morning (Australian time).
|Sun 15 Jun||England||vs||Italy||8am||Manaus||Bet now|
|Fri 20 Jun||Uruguay||vs||England||5am||Sao Paulo||Bet now|
|Wed 25 Jun||Costa Rica||vs||England||2am||Belo Horizonte||Bet now|
England World Cup Squad
The 30 man England World Cup Provisional Squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere(Arsenal)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
England named the following Stand-by players: John Ruddy (Norwich City), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC)
Head Coach for the England World Cup squad is Roy Hodgson and team captain is Steven Gerrard.
World Cup players to watch for England
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard commands the midfield at club level and while this will undoubtedly be his last World Cup campaign, the England captain is the ideal player to be leading his nation into the biggest football tournament in the world.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is a class act up forward but his World Cup efforts to date have been less than spectacular and the time has come for him to show his wares on the world stage.
The experienced Ashley Cole is getting on in years but the Chelsea defender has three World Cups behind him which will stand him in good stead in Brazil.
Visit our Group D page for more information on each team contesting this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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