What an awful week for the English World Cup squad and what an awful week for anyone that put a sizeable wager on England’s team in the up-coming World Cup odds. With just months until the World Cup betting gets underway in earnest the English squad and it hopes of beating the World Cup odds took a major blow.
Two separate events rocked the national selection and sent sports betting odds makers scrambling to re-write the World Cup betting lines. First, the English coach cut former captain and international soccer betting fixture John Terry from the squad after rumored affairs with his teammates ladies. And then to add a bit of salt to the team’s wounds and deal another blow to the team’s World Cup betting hopes superstar David Beckham blew out his knee and was ruled out of the upcoming World Cup odds competition.
Granted, Beckham is no longer one of the top players in international soccer wagering, but his experience, leadership and crosses will be sorely missed when the World Cup odds competition begins in June. And it wasn’t completely unexpected that Terry got the ax either as he was -not surprisingly- no longer a favorite among his teammates and would likely have hurt team chemistry when the World Cup sports betting began.
However, Beckham was expected to step in and fill the hole in leadership that Terry left behind and the feel good story of the aging Beckham vying to become the only Englishman to ever play in four straight World Cup wagering tournaments was meant to lift the team and drive the legion of English fans to new height so ecstasy. So much for that.
This English squad is still very good, and among the favorites in the soccer wagering odds. However, the soccer odds makers have dropped their profile a bit after the loss of two important players. Only time will tell how this team performs in the World Cup wagering competition, but there is no doubt the team would be better off with both players still in the lineup.