England 1/16 to reach World Cup

  • Last Updated: October 16 2013, 10:05 BST

England are as short as 1/16 to qualify for the World Cup finals after their 4-1 victory over Montenegro.

England enjoy the 4-1 victory over Montenegro.
England enjoy the 4-1 victory over Montenegro.

Andros Townsend netted on his debut to grab the headlines in a game England dominated and put them just one win from a place in next summer's finals in Brazil.

Wayne Rooney put them ahead just before half time before Branko Boskovic scored an own goal. Dejan Damjanovic pulled one back for the visitors before Townsend and Daniel Sturridge, with an injury-time penalty, sealed victory.

Roy Hodgson's men now have to beat Poland in their final qualifier to seal their place in Brazil and the bookies expect them to do just that.

Coral will give you 1/10 that England qualify and their David Stevens is hoping progress is secured.

"An England win is invariably costly for us, and they were well-backed to beat Montenegro by a decent margin, but as we want to see them in Brazil next summer, we're happy to take the hit on this occasion, and will be again if they beat Poland to secure their place," he said.

Sky Bet go 9/1 that England miss out - even if they slip up on Tuesday they will get a second chance to qualify via November's play-offs.

Townsend impressed during the Wembley win and William Hill offer 1/2 that he starts against Poland and 8/11 that he makes the World Cup finals squad. Sky Bet, however, offer 5/4 about the latter.

England are 28/1 with bwin to win the World Cup. That's win only - you can get 25/1 at a host of firms who bet each way.

Hosts Brazil remain the general 10/3 favourites.

Germany, who booked their place at the finals by beating Ireland 3-0 on Friday, are 5/1 alongside Argentina.

Belgium are also through to the finals following a 2-1 win in Croatia and they are offered at 16/1 by Ladbrokes.

  • Posted at 2250 BST on 11/10/2013; updated at 0945 BST on 12/10/2013