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England 25/1 for World Cup 2018

England are now available at 25/1 with Betfred to win next summer’s World Cup after confirming their place in the finals with a torturous 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley last Thursday, then ending their Group F campaign with Sunday’s 1-0 win in Lithuania.

But they are unlikely to be inundated with bets on Gareth Southgate’s side following those two lacklustre displays – despite England finishing top of the group with eight wins and two draws.

Salvaged by a prodded Harry Kane goal in stoppage time at Wembley, they then registered just four shots on target against Lithuania, ranked 120th in the world. That included Kane’s penalty and, as things stand, the Spurs forward is the only player offering cause for optimism for England’s supporters ahead of World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Germany breezed into the finals with their 3-1 win over Northern Ireland to finish with 10 wins from 10 games and are the 11/2 tournament favourites at William Hill.

France are next at 6/1 with Coral, while Brazil and Spain can both be backed at 7/1 with Unibet. Argentina are 10/1 across the board, despite the fact that they are far from certain to qualify – Lionel Messi and his colleagues find themselves in sixth place in South American qualifying with a trip to Ecuador on Tuesday remaining, where even a victory might leave them in a play-off against New Zealand.