Brazil and Germany head into this summer’s World Cup in Russia as the joint favourites to win the tournament, with a price of 9/2. England meanwhile are priced at 16/1 in World Cup betting odds 2018, making them the 7th favourites to win. These odds suggest that England have a very really chance of reaching the quarter-final, but may struggle to progress from there.
England have been involved in quite a few controversial moments over the years, including Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal and Frank Lampard’s ghost goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. There have also been times of pure disappointment from the England team, where the expectations of a nation have failed to be met. Penalty shoot-out defeats in 1990, 1998 and 2006 as well as the last place finish in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup are just some of the embarrassments the fans have had to endure.
There will be no Wayne Rooney for the World Cup this summer, after his international retirement last summer, although, having only scored one goal in eleven World Cup matches, he may not prove to be too much of a miss. The following infographic takes a look at the stats behind England at the World Cup as well as some of the more controversial moments.