The concensus is England will have it tough in Group D where they are drawn against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica - even Anglocentric bookies are making Roy Hodgson's team third favourite to win the group.
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It's hard to argue with Italy's tournament record. This won't be the first time they arrive at the finals below par but they have an uncanny knack of grinding out results when it matters most. Italy edge favouritism ahead of Uruguay who delivered an inspired performance in South Africa to reach the 2010 World Cup semi-finals but struggled to reach Brazil 2014, qualifying via a play-off. Costa Rica look destined for the wooden spoon which is probably the safest bet of all in Group D.
As for England, their odds are usually over-estimated by UK bookies but there could be value in the group betting as there's not much to choose between the three main contenders. 4/6 England to qualify certainly makes more appeal than the shorter odds for Italy or Uruguay.
Group D games will be played at Fortaleza, Manaus, Sao Paulo, Recife, Natal and Belo Horizonte.
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