There is no bigger draw with more passionate fans in all of World Cup betting than England but it is also true that there may be no other national team that gets more undeserved hype than England.
England is routinely a prohibitive overlay favorite each time World Cup betting rolls around and they are famous for cleaning out bettors who are more obsessed with the name brand than the actual abilities and facts regarding the team.
England has not even won a World Cup dating all the way back to 1966 and has a best finish since that time of 4th place in 1990. Further evidence of their all hat and no cattle reputation is the fact that they have never won the UEFA European Championship and failed to qualify in 2008.
In many ways the English national soccer team is comparable to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League in that there is an obnoxious sense of entitlement among their fans if not the organization itself that has no reflection upon reality. And now further turmoil has hit the English team as manager Fabio Capello quit in disgust due to being undermined by upper management when it stripped John Terry of the captains arm band.
Capello met with David Bernstein and Alex Horne for an hour at Wembley Stadium. Terry is facing a “racism trial” of all things and the England upper management cracked under the pressure of political correctness and in essence hung him out to dry without so much as a phone call to Capello.
Capello is Italian and arrived with much fanfare after he replaced Steve McClaren who was fired after failing to qualify for the Euro in 2008. Capello made his fame as coach of Real Madrid. Capello led England in the 2010 World Cup and was able to hold on to the job despite the club’s disappointing showing.
Some international soccer experts have come to the conclusion that the manager of England is too big and difficult of a job for any one man and that it is a thankless task with no chance of success. The rest of the world has long ago caught up with England and surpassed their program both in talent and style of play.