England 7/1 to qualify

  • Last Updated: June 20 2014, 17:29 BST

England are out to 7/1 to qualify from World Cup Group D after a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay left them with no points from two games.

England are rooted to the foot of Group D with no points
England are rooted to the foot of Group D with no points

Two Luis Suarez goals sunk the Three Lions in Sao Paulo, Wayne Rooney having broken his World Cup duck by producing an equaliser inbetween.

England now need Italy to win their two remaining games (against Costa Rica on Friday and Uruguay next Tuesday) and then beat Costa Rica themselves to stand any chance of progression to the last 16.

Several firms went out to 7/1 about that scenario unfolding.

Sky Bet were more wary and offered 5/1. Their head of football Paul Wiggins said: "We've not totally given up on England's chance of qualifying as they will be odds-on to beat Costa Rica while Italy will be favourites for both of their remaining games.

"However, it would be no surprise to see Italy drift in the betting against Uruguay if Cesare Prandelli's men have already wrapped up qualification."

Quotes of 150/1 about England winning the World Cup were also produced although they were soon moved back into 125s.

Despite their win, Uruguay remained odds-against to qualify at 23/20 (Ladbrokes) with Costa Rica odds-on at 17/20 (sportingbet).

The future of manager Roy Hodgson was immediately called into question in some quarters, althought he man himself insisted he had no intention of resigning. He is contracted until 2016.

William Hill offer 9/4 that Roy Hodgson is no longer manager of England when qualifying for Euro 2016 rolls around in September (1/3 that he is still there).

England are currently 14/1 to win that competition, which takes place in France in two years' time.

Gary Neville and Harry Redknapp are the firm's 10/1 joint favourites to be the next England manager while Jose Mourinho is third in the betting at 12/1.

Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly said: "It would appear that tactics, team selection and motivation are things that are potentially lacking in Hodgson's armoury and it is a short price that he is gone by the time England start their Euros campaign."

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney is 11/2 to retire from international football after the World Cup (1/10 not to).

  • Posted at 2240 BST on 19/06/2014; updated at 0830 BST on 20/06/2014.