A look at the pre-tournament odds suggests it could be worth backing England to make it as far as the quarter-final stage in the 2014 World Cup finals.
The bookies clearly don't fancy Roy's boys to get far in Brazil with a shade above even money the best odds available on England going out as early as the group stage. However the Three Lions being knocked-out in the quarter-finals is generally available to back at 4/1 in the Stage Of Elimination market among top online bookmakers, which rates as a decent bet at a fair price.
While England do look to have a tough group, a win against Italy or Uruguay would most likely see them make it to the Second Round, unless there is a major upset against Costa Rica of course. As Group D runners-up England would face the winners of Group C in the last 16, which in all likelihood looks set to be Colombia. Should England defy expectations and win the group, then it's expected that they will meet either Ivory Coast or Japan.
None of those sides look particularly unbeatable if England perform to their best, while avoiding Colombia would be a big plus and they should just about make the quarter-finals. Those fancying England to make it out of the group, but to be eliminated in the last 16 can get a top price of 3/1 from Skybet at the time of writing.
If England make it past the Second Round then they will have truly exceeded all expectations, sadly though it's hard to see them going any further. With potential opponents such as tournament hosts Brazil, current trophy holders Spain and 2010 runners-up Netherlands waiting, the quarter finals will most probably be the end of the road for England.