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Best World Cup Bets On England

The draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will take place on Friday afternoon. Here is a look at some key bets we think are worth a look at involving England.


The England World Cup odds are as big as 25/1 ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw. Depending on how that draw pans out for England those odds could increase further or if the draw is kind to England those odds will shorten. Once the draw has been made the bookies will quickly price up many England betting opportunities such as the stage of elimination at the World Cup but potentially some of the best World Cup bets on England are already available.

The bookies have been betting on what players will and won’t make the final England World Cup Squad for some time and whilst there is no value in the players that would be considered absolute certainties (Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Joe Hart, etc) as an injury to your bet would cost you a fortune there should be some good value in several of the fringe players.

There have been some huge selection shocks in the recent past ahead of the World Cup, Theo Walcott was selected in the 2006 World Cup squad for England despite not having played a single match for Arsenal or England. He didn’t play in that World Cup either and fans will be hoping the selection for this World Cup squad is a bit more considered.

There are probably around 5-7 places up for grabs at the moment barring injuries to key players and one player who will be hoping to make the squad is Ross Barkley. The Everton youngster only turns 20 the day before the World Cup draw but he seems highly rated by Roy Hodgson who has brought him off the bench three times to date. There are definitely places up for grabs in central midfield with no one yet certain to start there and given Barkley’s recent involvement for England it is a surprise that he has been available at 6/4 and 7/4 with some bookies to make the final squad.

It is less surprising that Ravel Morrison is available at around 9/2 since the West Ham youngster is yet to receive a senior call up. There are question marks over his attitude but he may have one advantage over other players and that is Gary Neville. The pair were at Man Utd together and Neville has said many times how highly he rates Morrison. Neville is on the England coaching staff so could have a say in who goes to Brazil and if Morrison continues to play well for West Ham he could end up being the England wildcard.

A less flashy inclusion in the England squad would be Steven Caulker but there are certainly places up for grabs in central defence and he is once again seeing first team football after moving to Cardiff in the summer. He received his one and only senior cap just over a year ago and even scored in that match but he hasn’t been given a look in since. That may be because Roy Hodgson doesn’t fancy him but he has plenty of time to play his way into the World Cup and considering he is 10/1 to make the squad that could be a good bet as an injury to any of the 4 or 5 centre halves currently in the reckoning could see Caulker sneak into the England squad.

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