Are you excited about the World Cup yet? With the tournament already in full flow, football fans are occupied with the action in Russia and the inevitable question has reared its ugly head in pubs, offices and living rooms across the country – ‘how will England do?’.
A quick look around the World Cup odds on williamhill.com, 888 Sport, Bet Fred et al will show you that England are a decent way down the pecking order – with Brazil, Spain, Germany, France, Argentina and Belgium more fancied by the bookies.
But, while it’s not much of a surprise to learn that England aren’t red hot favourites to return home with the trophy, it’s not all doom and gloom. Here are five reasons to feel a bit more positive about England’s chances in the tournament.
The group isn’t as bad as the last time