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Stuart Dalgleish 15th Oct 2013 - 20:14

£150m boost for bookies - 18/1 England to win it!

Britain's biggest bookmakers, William Hill, are celebrating after England booked their place in Rio last night - ensuring a £150m boost to 2014 World Cup betting turnover.

Following their qualification for Rio, England were immediately cut from 20/1 to 18/1 to win the trophy next summer. Hosts Brazil are 10/3 favourites with reigning champions Spain at 11/2.

Following another excellent display in an England shirt, Andros Townsend is odds on at 4/7 to start England's first World Cup match.

Wayne Rooney, closing in on Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals for his country, is 16/1 to finish top scorer at Brazil 2014, despite failing to score in his last two World Cup tournaments.

Roy Hodgson and skipper Steven Gerrard are both 16/1 to be knighted after the tournament.

The WAGS - whose appearance caused such a stir at Germany 2006 - are 25/1 to be banned from travelling by England boss Roy Hodgson.

Elsewhere, many people's dark horse, Belgium, are 14/1 while Luis Suarez's Uruguay - who won the inaugural trophy back in 1930 - are 33/1.

"We lost a few pounds on the night but tournament turnover would have been significantly down if England had not made it to Rio," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. "England were good and, should they win, they will cost us many Millions!"

Andros Townsend Start First World Cup Match: 4/7 Yes, 5/4 No

World Cup Specials:
16/1 Wayne Rooney to be top goal scorer at Brazil 2014
16/1 Roy Hodgson to be knighted after 2014 World Cup
16/1 Steven Gerrard to be knighted after 2014 World Cup
22/1 Wayne Rooney to be knighted after 2014 World Cup
25/1 The WAGS to be banned from travelling to Brazil
100/1 Joey Barton to get into the England World Cup squad
100/1 England to beat Germany on penalties in the WC final
500/1 David Beckham to play in the World Cup


World Cup 2014 England stage of elimination: 3/1 Group Stage, 9/4 Second Round, 5/2 Quarter Final, 11/2 Semi Final, 7/1 Runner Up, 18/1 Winner

William Hill World Cup 2014: 10/3 Brazil, 9/2 Argentina, 9/2 Germany, 11/2 Spain, 14/1 Belgium, 16/1 Holland, 20/1 Colombia, 18/1 England, 20/1 France, 20/1 Italy, 33/1 Uruguay, 40/1 Portugal, 50/1 others

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