Surely it’s our time to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966?

We have an excellent squad with great strength and variety in the middle of the park, a superb skipper and goal scorer extraordinaire in Harry Kane – and a defence that isn’t the best to ever leave these shores but is perfectly satisfactory.

World Cup Betting Odds

It is time for players such as Stockport-born Phil Foden to make their mark on the world stage after some brilliant performances for City in the Premier and Champions Leagues. Foden is a tempting 6/1 at Betfred to get our campaign in Qatar off to a flyer with the opening goal against Iran this afternoon.

Kane is the favourite in this market however at 11/4 with Raheem Sterling at 9/2, while we have Jack Grealish at 8/1 to score first. A big thumping win has got to be on the cards and Betfred have England to triumph 3-0 against Iran at 13/2, while for the less confident a one-nil win is a 7/2 shot.

Later today also in Group B Wales are a whopping 40/1 to beat the USA 3-0 while we at Betfred have taken a fortune on the game ending up 1-1, available at 5/1.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are odds-on to top the group while Betfred have the USA and Wales both at 11/2 with Iran at 14/1 to end up Group leaders.

The huge news over the weekend was Karim Benzema ruling himself out of the competition with a thigh strain. This is a massive blow for France to lose the best player in the world at such a late stage but could ultimately help England’s prospects, as if all goes to plan we end up playing France in the knockout stages.

Betfred still have Brazil as 3/1 favourites to be world champions with Argentina at 11/2. With Benzema joining Pogba and Kante on the sidelines, France have drifted to 8/1 which is the same price as Spain.

England remain at 9/1 with Betfred to win the tournament outright – and I can assure you I’m not alone in thinking we can do it come the final on December 18.

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