Not since 1966 have England done anything truly special at the World Cup. They came close at Italia 90 when Gazza’s tears united the nation, and Michael Owen’s goal in 1998 gave the Three Lions hope.
Special isn’t a word you’d use to describe this current crop of England players either, the odd Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling aside. However, there are plenty of specials the bookmakers are offering this summer.
If you’re not fancying backing England’s Group G odds this summer, there are dozens of England specials out there to enjoy…
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Harry Kane to Score in All Three Group Games - 7/1Harry Kane will certainly be among the goals this summer. His record for England is phenomenal and with the captaincy he’s bagged six goals in five games.
Another brilliant season in front of goal puts him as one of the favourites to win the Golden Boot, but he’s also highly likely to bag in all three group games.
Belgium are perhaps the only nation that he may struggle to find a goal. Both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will know the player well, although that works the other way round too, which could make it more difficult for the England striker, but you’d back him against even the strongest of defences.
What England do have when playing the Red Devil’s is pace. Belgium, Alderweireld aside, have an ageing back line, which could be the Three Lions’ way in and allow Kane to bag in all three games.
At 7/1 it’s a fantastic wager with Betfred, and one certainly worth having a punt on with a free bet for the World Cup.
England Top GoalscorerNaturally, England’s top scorer is well and truly in Harry Kane’s favour with most online bookmakers giving him odds of around 11/10 to be the Three Lions’ number one with William Hill.
However, with only a handful of games to be played, it’s an honour that really could go to anyone, particularly if Gareth Southgate’s men bag a hatful against Tunisia or Panama.
Raheem Sterling is at 11/2 and after a fantastic season with Manchester City, netting over 20 goals, the odds would offer a very nice payout.
Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford are at 10/1 and 12/1 respectively, although you get the impression chances may be few and far between. They would certainly have to do most of their scoring from the bench.
There are a few more outside bets that would be well worth taking. Jesse Lingard has been in good form for Manchester United and is coming of age of late. He’s a real danger in front of goal and having been given the number seven shirt looks destined to start on June 18.
You can pick up Lingard to top score for England at 14/1 with BetVictor, while Dele Alli can also be wagered at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
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England to be Eliminated by Colombia in Last 16 - 5/1Most World Cup tips are backing the Three Lions to make it through the Group Stage, where the likelihood is they will take on Colombia, Poland or Senegal.
Finish second in the group and the chances are it will be Colombia.
Paddy Power are offering a World Cup special on England to be knocked out by the South Americans, placing odds of 5/1.
It’s not a bad wager to take currently. The Colombians proved last time out that they’re a force to be reckoned with. James Rodriguez finished the tournament’s top scorer four years ago, while Radamel Falcao has also rediscovered his goalscoring form again this season.
There are sprinklings if quality throughout the side and it would be typical of England to fall at the first hurdle.
England to Not Concede in the Group - 6/1Gareth Southgate has kept his sides very tight in big games in recent times. His back three formation is designed to be difficult to break down and release the full backs on the counter attack.
It’s a flexible formation that will allow the Three Lions to attack against Tunisia and Panama, while remaining tough to beat against the Belgians.
The way the fixtures fall leaves the England not to concede odds a fairly good wager to take. They should have the quality to keep Tunisia and Panama away from goal, while the Belgium game may see two sides go up against each other with half an eye on the Round of 16.
Both of the Group’s favourites will want to be qualified before they play each other meaning it could just play out as a bore draw.
The side drew 0-0 with Portugal in a recent friendly, although they have been high scoring in other fixtures. That’s where the bet may come unstuck.
England to Go Out on Penalties - 8/1England have been practicing penalties according to reports, including the long walk from the halfway line.
Southgate knows all about missing them, while many others have suffered the same fate. Ashley Young is England’s only squad member to miss in a shootout for the Three Lions, although he won’t want to be reminded of that.
While England are fancied to reach the Quarter Final, a Round of 16 game will be tight and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see extra time needed. It’ll be edge of the seat stuff if the game does go to penalties, with most England fans resigned from there.
History tells most fans to take 8/1 on the Three Lions to crash out on penalties, but if you’re expecting a new, refreshing England, why not back them to win the tournament at 16/1?
7 Total Group Points - 11/4The England total points market is an interesting one and very much dependent on the final game.
Their opening fixtures should be more than winnable with England standout favourites against Tunisia and Panama. That will bring them six points and should secure a position in the Round of 16.
That leaves the final game against Belgium. We’re backing the draw in the final fixture to give us odds of 11/4.
You can back the maximum at 7/2, while six points can be enjoyed at 9/4 and five at 9/1.
On the other hand, no points at all can be backed at 250/1.