Let the party begin! After a stunning 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley England have qualified for the World Cup and Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina must be quaking in their boots. It was wonderful to see the best English players in the country thrash opponents at Wembley 40 places below them in the world rankings with a 93rd winner from Harry Kane with the ball hardly reaching the back of the net.
There were shockwaves around the football trading departments of the major bookmakers last night. However, ENGLAND are 20/1 with Ladbrokes to win the 2018 World Cup but amazingly that price did not come under sustained pressure from shrewd punters who knew they had seen an absolutely stunning performance.
Glenn Hoddle named Joe Hart as England’s man of the match. Dyer played in midfield last night and that summed up England’s efforts. Slovenia were the superior team and had the better possession and chances. Quality opposition would have beaten England by several goals last night.
“It’s a results business” and England have qualified and Scotland are in the playoffs. Northern Ireland will finish second in their group. Over to Wales and Ireland to stake their claim for World Cup glory in Russia next summer. The four home nations have never qualified for the same World Cup but there is still an outside chance it could happen this time.
Wales are looking for six points from two matches to clinch second pace in their group and the best chance of making the playoffs. Gareth Bale will be absent for those matches which means a DRAW (11/5 with William Hill) against Georgia is the best that can be expected.
Ireland should beat Moldova in Dublin tonight. However, a win could be negated if Wales beat Georgia. However, that fixture has draw written all over it and an Ireland win to nil (2/5 with SunBets) taking them into second place in the group looks the most likely outcome of this fixture.
Frankly though it’s all a pointless exercise because Engerland, Engerland, Engerland are going to win the World Cup!