World Cup winner odds: England 7/1 for Qatar glory after Euro final run
World Cup winner odds and preview
The dust has settled on England’s successful run to the European Championship final but there is no time to rest with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar just around the corner.
England are the 7/1 third favourites in the World Cup winner odds having reached the last four in Russia three years ago and the Euro 2020 final, which they lost to Italy in a penalty shoot-out.
The Three Lions resume their World Cup qualification campaign in September but before then we’re taking a look at some of the contenders to win the tournament which takes place in November and December in 2022.
Temperatures are in the mid-20s on average throughout the day in Qatar and a warm climate immediately points towards one of the South American countries to win the tournament, so it is no surprise to see Brazil installed as 11/2 favourites in the World Cup winner odds.
Brazil have won the World Cup a record five times and been runner-up on two occasions but their last success came in 2002 and they recently lost the Copa America final to arch rivals Argentina.
With a perfect six wins from their South American qualifying group, their talented squad comprising players like Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Vinicius Junior can already book their flight to the Middle East.
The world champions were favourites for glory at Euro 2020 but came unstuck against Switzerland in the last 16.
Didier Deschamps’ side still have one of the best squads of all the nations and are already four points clear at the top of their World Cup qualification group, although they could only draw with Ukraine.
Strong in all areas, France will be keen to make amends for their European exit and can be backed at 6/1 in the World Cup winner odds.
Gareth Southgate’s young squad will be much the wiser for their experiences at the European Championship and we can expect to see a lot more from the likes of Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham in Qatar.
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Southgate is likely to rely on those players that got England to the final but they have to qualify first and with three wins from three they have taken a big step towards next year’s World Cup.
The heat could be a factor for a bunch of players used to playing in cooler conditions in autumn and winter so other nations may be preferred.
Lionel Messi helped Argentina win a 10th Copa America title in July and they are unbeaten with three wins and three draws from their World Cup qualification group.
They cannot afford too many more draws if they are to compete in Qatar but the likes of Messi, Lautaro Martinez, new Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo De Paul and Angel di Maria should get the job done with relative ease and they can be backed at 10/1 in the World Cup winner odds.
European champions Italy cannot be dismissed at 10/1 in the World Cup winner odds especially as they are on a 34-match unbeaten run.
The Azzurri have made the perfect start with three wins from three in qualifying but it remains to be seen whether Giorgio Chiellini will be on the flight amid talk he may retire from international football.
A new era starts for Germany under the stewardship of former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick, whose new charges are also 10/1 despite losing 2-0 to England in the last 16.
Toni Kroos quit the international scene after that defeat and Germany lost to North Macedonia in qualifying so as things stand they are not guaranteed to qualify for Qatar.
World Cup Info
When: November 21-December 18, 2022
How to watch: BBC and ITV
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication