England's betting odds drifted today following Fabio Capello's shock World Cup squad announcement. Although Italian striker Luca Toni is already on record in his belief that Capello will lead England to World Cup victory, British bookmakers have sensed the mood of millions of armchair managers and eased the odds of England winning the 2010 World Cup.
Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Victor Chandler now offer odds of 7/1 for England to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa starting on Friday 11th June.
Debate rages following news that Theo Walcott has been dropped from the Italian maestro's plans. In equal measure is surprise at Sean Wright Phillips' inclusion on the wing considering he has spent so much time on the bench admiring the magic of young Adam Johnson on Man City's flanks.
There was little surpise with the inclusion of Gareth Barry, Joe Cole, Jamie Carragher, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Emile Heskey and Matthew Upson despite either lack of recent form or fitness, but Stephen Warnock's inclusion ahead of Leighton Baines raised a number of eyebrows.
As the tournament looms closer, passions and sensibilities run higher.
Businesses have been looking to cash in on the massive interest in football for some time now, but fans moods can change quickly.
On a First Group train trundling in and out of London, there is a Toshiba advert plugging the company’s World Cup promotion. “England Expects ... a Free TV,” it says, enticingly. “Buy a TV before June 10 and get your money back if England win the Cup.”
Underneath the slogan, somebody has scrawled: “So basically Toshiba thinks England have no chance in hell of winning.”
For those in despair of Fabio Capello's World Cup selections and expecting the worst outcome following the pre-tournament preparations, 888 Sport, BetFred and Blue Square are offering odds of 8/1 for England NOT to qualify from Group C.