England evens to progress

  • Last Updated: June 16 2014, 16:01 BST

England are even-money to qualify from Group D after their World Cup bid got off to a disappointing start in Manaus.

England were left frustrated on Saturday
England were left frustrated on Saturday

Roy Hodgson's side played well in patches but were ultimately beaten 2-1 by Italy, who are 1/10 to qualify and 2/5 to win the group.

Their task was seemingly made easier by Costa Rica's surprise 3-1 win over Uruguay in the earlier game, which leaves a fascinating three-way battle for the second qualification spot alongside Italy according to the layers.

"It's a disappointing start for England but they are still odds-on to qualify for the knockout stages," said Coral's John Hill. "Their next game against Uruguay, where they are favourites for the win, is going to be crucial as they are going to need a positive result to keep their tournament alive."

Uruguay are out to 4/1 to make the last-16 with 888sport with Costa Rica all the way into 6/4 from around the 10/1 mark, which means that England's clash with the latter on Tuesday June 24 could prove decisive. At this stage, they're 1/2 favourites to win it.

Before that comes the Uruguay game next Thursday and England have been cut to a general 6/4, with Uruguay 23/10 (bet365) and the draw the same price (bet365 and Betfair).

Saturday night's result was a good one for bookmakers, with England punted throughout the day and therefore starting clear favourites to beat Italy, whose win saw them cut to a general 18/1 to lift the trophy.

Hodgson was forced to leap to the defence of Wayne Rooney after the game after he drew criticism from TV pundits and former England boss Graham Taylor, and William Hill bet 100/30 that he's dropped for the Uruguay game.

"Nearly 60% of all bets were for an England win so in that respect we are not too upset but we were all sat watching the match as fans," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

  • Posted at 1025 BST on 15/06/2014.