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England start tournament as they don’t mean to carry on

| 12.06.2010

England’s 1-1 draw with the United States does little harm to their chances of qualifying for the next round, but all sorts of damage to their perception as a potential winner. England are 7/1 to win the World Cup.

England’s World Cup got off to a vexing start in Group C as they scored early, gifted the USA a goal and lost Ledley King to injury after just 45 minutes in their opening match draw in Rustenburg.

Everyone who backed them to win the tournament will probably be feeling a little less confident about their investment than before kick off.

England’s chances of winning Group C also took something of a hit with the draw.

Confidence that England will be able to defend successfully against top sides will also have taken a knock as they are already onto their second reserve centre back – Jamie Carragher – after losing Rio Ferdinand before the tournament and Ledley King at half time. Combined with Robert Green’s howler, clean sheets are likely to be at a premium.

Speculation that David James will start the next game is likely to intensify.

A sustained spell of pressure in the second half raised hopes of a win, but Wayne Rooney’s lack of scoring opportunities will not enhance his prospects of finishing top goalscorer. Rooney is 9/1 to be the tournament’s top marksman.

England try to get their campaign back on track next Friday evening against Algeria.

Do you think England can still win the World Cup? Then get on them at 7/1.



Ed Needham