2018 World Cup Country Overview: England

Alex Campean

Friday, February 23, 2018 4:41 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 4:41 PM UTC

England has been a World Cup disappointment essentially ever since winning the country's only title in 1966. Can the Three Lions at least advance to the knockout round this summer after failing to do so four years ago in Brazil?

Currently 16th in the FIFA World Rankings, it’s no surprise that England qualified for the World Cup in Russia. Since 1930, England have only missed 6 World Cups winning the most prestigious trophy in 1966 on home soil, beating West Germany 4-2 in the final at the Wembley Stadium. The Three Lions finished the European qualification stages in 1st place, unbeaten in their 10 Group F fixtures and conceding just 3 goals in the process.

They were drawn in Group G along with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium, and they are 7th favorites to win the trophy being priced at +1700 with 5Dimes. Former Three Lions defender Gareth Southgate is in charge of the national team since 2016, replacing Sam Allardyce, and trying to turn his squad into the fittest soccer team in the World. Southgate has said that if his players will have a good mentality, they might go deep in the tournament without thinking about winning the trophy.

It’s always very important to start the competition on the right foot; for England that means win the 2 first matches against Tunisia and Panama and enter the last match against Belgium full of confidence with their homework and calculations done. As always, SBR's top-rated sportsbooks are offering odds for which players will be selected in the 23-man roster.

Tottenham appears set to provide 6 of their stars, and believe it or not none of Arsenal’s players are likely to be in the squad. But there is plenty of time until the start of the tournament and Southgate will look to make his team look perfect with some friendly games. The Three Lions will play 4 friendlies, including: against Nigeria at Wembley on June 2; against Costa Rica at Leeds United’s stadium on June 7th. England also will face the Netherlands and Italy in March.

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Introducing our new home shirt. Worn for the first time in March. pic.twitter.com/dmrEq0p58i

— England (@England) February 8, 2018

Key Players

Goalkeeper: It's 99% West Ham’s Joe Hart and Everton’s Jordan Pickford will make the cut, but we are not sure about the 1st choice. England’s best keeper Hart has lost his place as West Ham's 1st choice and is at risk of losing his starting XI place in the World Cup.

Defender: Manchester City’s Kyle Walker and Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier are tough to be pushed out of the 23-player roster after enjoying a great season with their domestic clubs. On the other side, one of the best English all-time defenders, Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, is in danger of missing out on a place in the World Cup squad after a disappointing season with his club.

Midfielder: The first two choices will probably be Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. They have great European experience playing at their highest level in the Champions League and Premier League.

Striker: Tottenham superstar Harry Kane is definitely the country’s hope in Russia. He is leading the Premier League top scorer chart and is the 8th favorite to win the Golden Boot Award in Russia, being priced at +1600 with William Hill.

World Cup Schedule & Betting Markets
  • June 18 vs. Tunisia
  • June 24 vs. Panama
  • June 29 vs. Belgium
  • To win the tournament at +1700 with Unibet
  • To reach the final at +800 with BetVictor
  • Group G Winners at +120 with Coral
  • Harry Kane Top Goalscorer at +1600 with Betfair
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