Updated: Nov 14, 2022
England head into the 2022 World Cup with arguably more belief behind them than they’ve had since they last won it 56 years ago back in 1966.
Semi-finalists at the last World Cup, the Three Lions were also just a penalty shootout away from becoming European champions last summer at Euro 2020.
With one of the most talented squads they’ve ever had, England will be looking to go one better this time around and bring the World Cup home from Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s side will be full of confidence heading into the tournament following a stellar European World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Three Lions finished top of Group I and unbeaten, winning eight out of 10 games while scoring 39 goals along the way.
Having minnows such as Andorra and San Marino both within the same qualifying group helped the cause, with the only blips being a draw away to the Poles and being surprisingly held at Wembley by Hungary.
England captain Harry Kane was the nation’s star performer, finishing up joint-top scorer in qualifying with 12 goals in eight games.
The likes of Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling also played their part and the trio, along with a host of other stars, will be looking to light up Qatar.
England Team Odds To Win World Cup
As runners-up at Euro 2020 and semi-finalists of the 2018 World Cup, it’s no surprise to see England amongst the favorites heading into this winter’s World Cup.
Only three teams sit ahead of them as the early frontrunners to win the tournament.
With Brazil favorites, France the second most fancied and Argentina the third pick, the Three Lions are next in line at 15/2 (+750) – opening odds: 6/1 (+600) – to win the World Cup for just the second time in their history. Will football be coming home in December?
England’s chances of going all the way in the World Cup in Qatar have been helped by the group draw that they have been handed for the tournament, which has been fairly kind to Gareth Southgate’s men.
Drawn in Group B, the Three Lions will find themselves coming up against the United States, Iran, and then Wales.
England, as a result, are the unsurprising favorites to win their group at a prohibitively short odds-on price of 1/3 (-300) and to book their place in the last 16.
Until Euro 2020, England traditionally had a problem with getting past the semi-finals of major tournaments, famously losing to the likes of Germany in the last four of the 1990 World Cup and again to their rivals at the same stage of Euro 96.
Last year, however, England bucked that trend when beating Denmark at Euro 2020 to reach their first major final since the 1966 World Cup, and they are 7/2 (+350) – opening odds: 3/1 (+300) – to reach another final at this year’s World Cup.
England to lose another semi-final, meanwhile, is priced at 9/2 (+450). Elsewhere, a quarter-final exit is 12/5 (+240) and a last 16 elimination is 11/5 (+220).
The Three Lions to suffer a repeat of their group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup this winter is priced at 6/1 (+600).
How To Bet On England Team In Qatar
When betting on England at the World Cup, it’s important to ensure you pick the right bets at the right time.
There are a vast number of different markets available when betting on a football match so it’s crucial you understand how each one works to give yourself the best possible chance of a successful bet.
Here’s a list of popular types of bets to keep in mind when betting on England at the World Cup this winter.
Player Prop Bets
Player prop bets are wagers based on a player’s performance during a game.
For example, during an England game, you could bet on Harry Kane to be the first goalscorer, score anytime during the match, or even score a hat-trick.
Team Prop Bets
Team prop bets are bets based on a team’s performance during a game, although this doesn’t necessarily include the final outcome of the match.
For example, during an England game, you could bet on them to score over 2.5 goals in the match or to keep a clean sheet.
Asian handicap bets are bets which provide a handicap to one team and, as a result, bring the odds closer together.
One team is given a virtual head start, meaning they are effectively already winning by a certain amount of goals before the game starts. Asian handicap bets remove the possibility of a draw.
For example, if England were playing the United States at the World Cup, they would be the favorites, so the handicap might be one and a half goals, with England on -1.5 goals and the United States on +1.5 goals.
The winner is whichever nation scores the most goals with the handicap applied. You could either bet on England to win with a -1.5 goal handicap or the United States to win with a +1.5 goal handicap.
So, for example, if England were to only beat the United States 2-1 and you bet on them to win with the handicap, you would lose the bet.
Goal lines bets are wagers that enable you to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in a match.
For example, during an England game against Iran at the World Cup, you might expect there to be a number of goals, so you could bet on over 3.5 goals to be scored in total.
Totals bets are bets which enable you to bet over or under on the total number of goals that will be scored in a match.
For example, during an England game against Iran at the World Cup, a bookmaker may predict there to be a total of five goals scored during the game.
You are then able to bet on whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored in the game than five.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On England
Placing a bet on an England match at the World Cup is a simple process.
Traditionally, punters have been used to walking into bookmakers to place their bets, but it can be easier to place your bets online where you can keep up to date with price shifts and identify offers and promotions which could be of interest.
Here are a few simple steps to follow when you’re looking to place a bet online for the World Cup.
First of all, you need to open an account with an online bookmaker.
Shop around online to see which bookmakers are offering the best sign-up offers as there will be plenty, especially during the World Cup.
Once you have signed up and then identified the market you are looking to bet on, such as Harry Kane scoring first for England against Iran, next you should add the bet to your online betting slip before placing it.
Here are five easy steps to follow to do just that:
- Choose the odds, select, and ‘add’ to your on-screen betting slip.
- Select the amount of money to wager by filling in the figure in the relevant area.
- If you need to add money to your account, deposit the relevant amount before completing the bet. You’ll likely be prompted to do so.
- If you already have the money in your account, then you are ready to click the ‘place bet’ button or similar. Your betting slip will then confirm that you have placed your bet.
- Keep an eye on your betting slip with live updates, where you might also be offered ‘cash out’ options before the end of the match depending on the bookmaker you are betting with.
England Team Overview For Qatar
England will be heading to Qatar this winter looking to do what no other group of English players have done for 56 years: win the World Cup.
The all-conquering Three Lions squad of 1966 are considered legends of the English game and Gareth Southgate’s men will be hoping to follow in their footsteps.
After reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020 last year, England has arguably never had a better chance of replicating that 1966 success than in Qatar this winter. Will they become the first England team to win a World Cup on foreign soil?
Key Football Players
England currently possesses one of the most talented squads the nation has ever been blessed with going into the 2022 World Cup.
Captain and star striker Harry Kane is their leader and talisman, and one of England’s all-time greatest goalscorers.
In World Cup qualifying alone he netted 12 goals in eight games to finish up as joint-top scorer across Europe.
In the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, and Bukayo Saka, there is a stellar line-up of attacking and midfield talent to support Kane’s firepower.
Defensively, England also has a host of stars with Declan Rice helping to shield a defense including Harry Maguire, John Stones, and Luke Shaw.
One doubt is whether Harry Maguire’s poor season for Manchester United will jeopardize his automatic selection in Gareth Southgate’s plans.
In Jordan Pickford, the Three Lions also have a goalkeeper to place their trust in, with the Everton man conceding just two goals in the team’s run to the Euro 2020 final.
There are, however, a number of players that will need to work hard between now and November if they want to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s final World Cup squad.
Jarrod Bowen and Jadon Sancho are just two key names that, as it stands, may be missing out on the flight to Qatar and a ticket to the 2022 World Cup unless they improve their club performances.
England currently have a few injury concerns to be worried about.
Chelsea right-back Reece James is likely to miss the tournament after picking up a knee problem in the Champions League, whilst Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are likewise doubts for Gareth Southgate’s side.
Ben Chillwell is also out after sustaining a serious hamstring injury for Chelsea in the Champions League, leaving England somewhat short of cover in the full-back position.
Elsewhere, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also in a race to be fit for the tournament after recently picking up a hamstring injury.
Coaching & Technical Staff
England are led by their manager Gareth Southgate, a former Three Lions international who has done a hugely impressive job since taking charge of the team in 2016.
Southgate’s first taste of a major international tournament was the 2018 World Cup, where he led England to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.
Southgate then did even better at Euro 2020, guiding the Three Lions to the final, where they lost to Italy on penalties. Can he go one better in Qatar?
Southgate is joined by his assistant coach Steve Holland, who was the reserve team coach at Chelsea before going on to become the first-team assistant coach under Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, and Antonio Conte. Holland took up his role assisting Southgate for England in 2016.
Elsewhere on the England coaching team, Southgate also has Chris Powell as an assistant coach, Paul Nevin as an assistant coach, and Martyn Margetson as his goalkeeping coach.
Southgate will hope he has assembled a coaching set-up that is capable of guiding England to World Cup glory and emulating the nation’s 1966 heroes.
England Team Road To Qatar
England’s road to the 2022 World Cup was a relatively straightforward one.
During European qualifying for the tournament, the Three Lions finished top of Group I, which also included Poland, Albania, Hungary, Andorra, and San Marino. England was unbeaten across their 10 games, winning eight of them, to finish six points clear of Poland.
They netted an impressive 39 goals in that time while conceding just three.
No team scored more goals across Europe than England’s haul of 39, while only Denmark and Germany secured more points than them.
England captain Harry Kane played a pivotal role in qualifying, finishing up as joint-top scorer in European qualifying with 12 goals in eight games – level with Netherlands’ Memphis Depay, who played two games more than the Tottenham striker.
England’s World Cup History
When you talk about England’s World Cup history, there’s only one place to start: 1966.
That was the year England won their one and only World Cup when they became world champions on home soil. Since then, it has mostly involved disappointment after disappointment, though they did reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990 and 2018.
Their route to the 2018 semi-finals was unexpected given they were knocked out of the group stage in 2014 and in the last 16 in 2010.
Outside of the World Cup, England hasn’t had much more success with that 1966 win remaining their only major tournament triumph.
They did reach the semi-finals of the European Championship in 1968 and 1996, while they reached the final of the same tournament in the 2020 edition.
Following their Euro 2020 run, they’ll be hoping to better it in Qatar this year.
When it comes to the world’s most passionate fans, England supporters are definitely right up there.
Whether it’s home or away, England fans follow their team all across the world and often take up the majority of stadiums during major international tournament games.
During England matches, you can expect to hear them sing ‘Three Lions’, a song that has become the nation’s football anthem, although Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond will no doubt also be belted out around Qatar by these passionate fans.
If England makes it deep into the 2022 World Cup, expect these songs to become more and more prominent.