England out to 25/1 odds with Paddy Power for 2018 World Cup win

6th September 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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England have done nothing to boost confidence in them that come the summer of 2018 they will be a major contender at the World Cup. The greatest football tournament in the world heads to Russia next time out and on the back of England’s disappointing performances at Brazil 2014 and a poor post World Cup/pre-Euro 2016 qualifying international friendly against Norway in early September, England aren’t winning backers at the moment.

Online betting site Paddy Power have the Three Lions drifted all the way out to a massive price of 25/1 to get their hands on the 2018 World Cup, and granted it is a big ante-post price, but it is one that that puts them a long way from being recognised as a serious contender. It’s not something that punters will have a hard time disagreeing with too.

Instead of proving that they have more about them in their friendly against Norway, who had been beaten at home by Scotland in 2014, England were again lifeless in front of a poor attendance at Wembley. It wasn’t a performance which shook out the cobwebs of huge disappointment at Brazil 2014. England managed just two shots on target against Norway and one of them was from the penalty spot, which Wayne Rooney converted for the 1-0 win.

With Hodgson reverting to a 4-4-2 for the start of the match, England looking clueless in the middle of the park, only the pace of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck offered any kind of optimism about England going forward to better things. There has been much talk of England heading into nothing but mediocrity. They may already be there.

Are England actually value at 25/1 to win World Cup 2014?

But there is a long way to go before the World Cup though and Roy Hodgson is turning more and more towards the best youth in England. So it is natural that they are going to take some time to flourish into a side who can go deep in the World Cup. The benchmark of their progress is going to be at France 2016. They aren’t expected to win that either, but a good run there would at least signal progress.

There are reasons to be optimistic, as England are a young side, and they have some quality up front, with Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert all playing for England’s top Premier League clubs. If Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley start delivering in the centre of the park, they should be fine there too and it could be worth considering that long price of 25/1 on England in World Cup 2018 betting. The biggest question, very un-England like, is that they are perhaps lacking at the back. They are lacking true centre half quality to back up Gary Cahill.

But if England do, over the next four years, adopt a more attacking philosophy, a more positive outlook which plays to the strengths of the young quality that they have in their ranks, who remember will be four years worth of experience and maturity better off, could England muscle their way into a much shorter price range?

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