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England odds to win World Cup 2022: Predicted squads, route to the final, ranking & form

By Dean Smith

England odds to win World Cup 2022: Predicted squads, route to the final, ranking & form

Published: 19:06, 14 September 2022 | Updated: 14:39, 19 September 2022

England will be looking to end 56 years of hurt for the men’s team when they travel to the 2022 World Cup this winter, still awaiting their first tournament win since 1966. Get the latest England World Cup 2022 betting odds here.

The latest England odds to win the World Cup

Although England are usually among the favourites to win major tournaments, it is often as fans put on hopeful bets rather than expecting the Three Lions to go all the way. But now they are serious contenders and, if they perform as they can, there’s nothing saying England cannot win the World Cup.

Betting Market 888Sport Paddy Power Sky Bet
England to win the World Cup 13/2  13/2  6/1
England to reach semi-final odds 6/4 6/4 6/4
England to reach quarter-final odds 1/2 1/2 4/9
England odds to win Group B 3/10 3/10 4/11
Harry Kane World Cup Golden Boot odds 7/1 6/1 7/1

Our recommended England bet for World Cup 2022

England fans will no doubt be dreaming of the Three Lions going all the way to the World Cup final, but last time out they faltered at the semi-finals and they could suffer the same fate in Qatar. Even if they win their group there is no avoiding a big team certainly in the semi-finals, with the likes of Spain, France and Germany all potential opponents.

England route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group Stage Fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date
England vs Iran Khalifa International Stadium 21 November 2022 (1pm UK time)
England vs USA Al Bayt Stadium 25 November 2022 (7pm UK time)
Wales vs England Ambad bin Ali Stadium 29 November 2022 (7pm UK time)

Who could England meet in the knockout rounds?

If England win Group B, as is expected, they would face the nation who finish second in Group A – consisting of Netherlands, Ecuador, Senegal and Qatar. Netherlands are favourites to win Group A with Senegal tipped to finish second. If England get through that, they could still face a tough run to the World Cup final with the likes of France, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Belgium all potentially awaiting.

If they win Group B Potential Opponent
Round of 16 Senegal
Quarter-Final France
Semi-Final Germany
Final Brazil

Things will be equally tough, if not a tiny bit tougher, if England finish second. Netherlands would be the likely round of 16 opponent instead of Senegal before France, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Belgium all get thrown into the hat.

If they come runners up in Group B Potential Opponent
Round of 16 Netherlands
Quarter-Final Argentina
Semi-Final Brazil
Final France

Our predicted England World Cup 2022 squad

Player Name Position Age Club
Jordan Pickford Goalkeeper 28 Everton
Aaron Ramsdale Goalkeeper 24 Arsenal
Dean Henderson Goalkeeper 25 Nottingham Forest
John Stones Defender 28 Man City
Harry Maguire Defender 29 Man Utd
Conor Coady Defender 29 Wolves
Fikayo Tomori Defender 24 AC Milan
Trent Alexander-Arnold Defender 23 Liverpool
Kyle Walker Defender 32 Man City
Reece James Defender 22 Chelsea
Ben Chilwell Defender 25 Chelsea
Kieran Trippier Defender 31 Newcastle
Declan Rice Midfielder 23 West Ham
Kalvin Phillips Midfielder 26 Man City
Mason Mount Midfielder 23 Chelsea
Jude Bellingham Midfielder 19 Borussia Dortmund
Phil Foden Midfielder 22 Man City
Jack Grealish Midfielder 27 Man City
Bukayo Saka Midfielder 21 Arsenal
Jordan Henderson Midfielder 32 Liverpool
Jarrod Bowen Midfielder 25 West Ham
James Ward-Prowse Midfielder 27 Southampton
Harry Kane Forward 29 Tottenham
Tammy Abraham Forward 24 Roma
Raheem Sterling Forward 27 Chelsea
Marcus Rashford Forward 24 Man Utd

England players most at risk of missing the World Cup 2022 and those knocking on the door

The English talent pool is thriving right now, particularly at right-back, and as much as Gareth Southgate does like to stack his squad with players in that position there is surely a limit and one or two could miss out. There are also questions to be asked in midfield and attack, as Southgate has to take into account early season form without having much time to experiment before the World Cup.

Odds on Trent Alexander-Arnold to go to the World Cup 2022

Of the English right-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold appears most at risk of dropping out. When on form the Liverpool right-back is perhaps the best in his position in the world (especially if we push Joao Cancelo over to left-back as Pep Guardiola likes to do), but he isn’t in form right now, struggling to create for Jurgen Klopp’s side. And that isn’t good for Alexander-Arnold as he has always struggled to find himself a home in Southgate’s squads, with the England boss often preferring Kieran Trippier or Reece James as his wing-backs, while Kyle Walker gets in for versatility.

Nevertheless, he is 1/6 to be named in England’s World Cup squad with Sky Bet.

Odds on Callum Wilson to go to the World Cup 2022

Harry Kane is a guarantee to go to the World Cup, but England have never really been able to provide back up for him at major tournaments. Jamie Vardy travelled in 2016 and 2018 but only started one game at the latter, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin was the backup at Euro 2020 and played a total of 18 minutes. Earlier this season Callum Wilson spoke of his goal of reaching the World Cup after scoring two goals in his opening three matches but the Newcastle striker has suffered an injury to cut his momentum.

Wilson is 5/1 with Sky Bet to be named in England’s World Cup squad.

Odds on Jadon Sancho to go to the World Cup 2022

Jadon Sancho has started the season fairly well for Man Utd, faring a lot better under Erik ten Hag than he did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, scoring two goals so far. But Sancho’s main problem is that Southgate doesn’t really play a system to suit the Man Utd man, utilising inside forwards rather than wingers. And with inside forwards, Sancho doesn’t really compare to the likes of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden, while Jack Grealish, Jarrod Bowen, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka will also be fighting for spots – among others.

Sancho is 2/5 with Sky Bet to be named in England’s World Cup squad.

England players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

England top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Harry Kane

There’s only really one man that’s going to be leading the line for England this winter, and it’s Harry Kane – who is currently 6/1 favourite to win the Golden Boot.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker won the Golden Boot in 2018 with six goals, finishing two clear of his closest rivals, and he has carried on his excellent scoring form for England. Since the start of 2021, Kane has scored 18 goals in 22 games for England including four at Euro 2020 – all of which came in the knockout stages. At the time of writing he’s also closing in on Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time top goalscorer, just three behind the former Manchester United striker, recently netting his 50th goal.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot favourites

Player Paddy Power Betfair
Harry Kane 6/1 6/1
Kylian Mbappe 8/1 8/1
Karim Benzema 12/1 12/1
Neymar 12/1 12/1
Cristiano Ronaldo 14/1 14/1
Lionel Messi 16/1 16/1
Romelu Lukaku 18/1 18/1
Lautaro Martinez 25/1 25/1
Memphis Depay 25/1 25/1
Vinicius Jr 25/1 25/1
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England player to watch – Jude Bellingham

We all know about the England stars that led them to the Euro 2020 final just over a year ago, but expect to see more from Jude Bellingham this winter. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is one of the names everyone expects to be in Southgate’s squad and only injury will surely keep him from flying to Qatar. As part of a two alongside Declan Rice or Kalvin Phillips, Bellingham would give England’s midfield exactly what they lack when they pair Rice and Phillips together, an ability to bring the ball forward and progress rather than keeping needless possession. That’s not to disrespect Rice or Phillips, but Bellingham has the magic that England need.

England emerging player to look out for – Max Kilman

Max Kilman is name that has started to enter people’s potential England squads after his excellent start to the season with Wolves. Bruno Lage’s side suffered an exodus at centre-back, losing Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Willy Boly but Kilman stepped up and has formed part of the best defence in the Premier League so far. The 25-year-old has never been capped for England at any level in football but has represented the nation at futsal, which ruled him out of a potential switch to Ukraine. In terms of age he isn’t emerging, but he’s a name not many were paying any attention to until recently.

England tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

England fans have grown frustrated with Gareth Southgate’s tactics, believing his style of football is too negative and cost the Three Lions in both the 2018 World Cup semi-final vs Croatia and the Euro 2020 final against Italy, sitting back after scoring first and eventually giving up the lead.

But Southgate is likely to stick with his 3-4-2-1 formation for the World Cup, playing two wingers as inside forwards to provide support for Harry Kane. But this will only work if the supporting duo get forward when Kane drops deep to play his quarterback role which he does increasingly often. As mentioned further up the midfield will be key too but Southgate is likely to field Rice and Phillips together should the latter form part of the squad, enduring a slow start to life at Man City.

England FAQs

Where are England in the FIFA world rankings?

England are currently fifth in the FIFA world rankings with only Brazil, Belgium Argentina, France and Spain behind them.

Who is the England manager?

Gareth Southgate was named England manager in September 2016, replacing Sam Allardyce, and has taken charge of 74 games so far.

Who is the current England captain?

Harry Kane is England captain, named ahead of the 2018 World Cup after Southgate had rotated the armband in his early stages as manager.

How many times have England won the World Cup?

England have won the World Cup once, in 1966, beating West Germany 4-2 after extra-time at Wembley. This is also their only appearance in a World Cup final.

How many times have England competed in the World Cup?

Making their first appearance in 1950, England have been involved in 16 World Cups including the 2022 edition in Qatar.

Who has scored England’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Gary Lineker is England’s top scorer at World Cup tournaments, scoring 10 goals across 1986 and 1990.

Which player from England has the most World Cup appearances?

Peter Shilton has played in 17 World Cup games for England, more than any other player.


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