Even though the Brits haven’t won the World Cup since 1966 when the tournament was on their home soil, they are still considered one of the favorites to capture the world’s most coveted soccer prize. On the World Cup betting lines, England is +550, the third choice on the board to win it all. Here are five reasons why this is a team that has the ability of winning the World Cup.
1: Experience – For the L/2 World Cups, England has fielded a team that hasn’t exactly been considered one just beaming with experience. But now that players like F Wayne Rooney, M Steven Gerrard, F Peter Crouch, and the sorts have donned the Three Lions jerseys for several seasons, this has to be the year that England has to feel like it has all come together for it.
2: Group C – No, playing the United States in their first match won’t be fun, but the Brits know that the World Cup odds are on their side against both Algeria and Slovenia. Anything less than nine points will be incredibly disappointing in these three matches, but realistically speaking, even getting six is going to be more than enough to make it through to the second stage of the tournament. England’s only concern is whether it finishes first or second in this group, because a first place finish may as well be a free ticket to the quarterfinals as well. Avoiding Germany out of Group D in the Round of 16 is a must, though England would be favored in that World Cup betting affair as well.
3: There are only a handful of major giants in this tournament – … And England can’t possibly run into any of them until the semifinals. Spain and Brazil are going to be the two major teams to watch this year. Yes, squads like Argentina, Italy, Holland, France, and Portugal aren’t going to be fun draws, but the British have to know that they have been given a great draw to get to the semis that avoids the two major players in the World Cup. (collect your World Cup Betting Bonus Today)
4: It’s Rooney Time – Many feared that Rooney suffered an injury representing Manchester United that would keep him out of at least a portion of the World Cup if not the entire tournament. However, with 25 goals under his belt for his country, Rooney is going to want to prove that he is not just the greatest striker in England, but one of the best in the entire world. After scoring nine goals in qualifying for this tournament, no one should doubt him. (collect your World Cup Betting Bonus Today)
5: Revenge – You think that England doesn’t remember the fact that it didn’t even qualifying for Euro 2008? The Brits were just in dismay over the events surrounding that tournament, and they fired back by rolling off nine straight wins in qualifying for the World Cup before taking a game off in its final fixture. The Three Lions only made it to the quarterfinals of the ’06 World Cup as well, and by their standards, that just won’t cut it. This is a team with a major chip on its shoulder, and it should show in South Africa in June and July. (collect your World Cup Betting Bonus Today)
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