England plays in what is considered a weak Group C with the United States, Slovenia and Algeria.
World Cup betting heavily favors England to win Group C. England is listed as a -325 favorite to win that group with the United States a distance second choice at 4-1. There is a lot of pressure on England and manager Fabio Capello but there is no denying that England does have a lot of talent. England has not had much success recently in the World Cup as they have not gone beyond the final eight since 1990. A lot more is expected from them in the 2010 World Cup.
England is led by Wayne Rooney who had a great season for Manchester United. He has been the second best player in the world this year behind Lionel Messi. He was hurt late in the season with Manchester United and his injury may have cost United the Premier League title. Rooney is reported to be healthy now and England will need him to be a major force if they are to win it all in World Cup odds.
Capello is considered an excellent coach and he has the team believing they can win. England does have a question in goal as they must choose between Joe Hart and David James. The other goalkeeper on the roster is Robert Green. England is led on defense by Chelsea’s John Terry and Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand. Other defenders are Leighton Baines (Everton), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), Matthew Upson (West Ham) and Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
England has a great midfielder in Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and they also have Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal) and Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).
The England forwards are led by Rooney and they also have Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) and Emile Heskey (Aston Villa).