England 2018 World Cup Offers: Latest Free Bets, Promotions and Enhanced England Odds + Three Lions History and Trivia
Supporting and betting on England can often seem like a punishment, but it’s one we love to endure. If you want to have a bet on England, this is the best place for all the latest offers and free bets.
As well as all the best promos and bookie offers on the Three Lions, we’ve also got a good dose of history. Before you start yawning, we’ve kept it brief, with plenty of impressive and interesting stats and facts to show off down the pub!
So, for all things related to the England national football team, we’ve got you covered. Our primary focus is the main men’s team. That’s because that’s what the best football betting sites tend to concentrate on.
However, with increasing interest in women’s football and the England youth teams too, we’ll also feature all the best offers for those as well.
England have now confirmed their place at the 2018 World Cup. Between now and then there are a few big friendlies to be played and we’re hoping for one or two nice offers for those.
England 23-man World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.
Stand-by: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana.
England Enhanced Odds Offers v Nigeria, 2nd June 2018
All the latest enhanced odds offers for England’s next game will be listed here once they are released by the bookies.
England’s next game is an international friendly. The Three Lions are hosting Nigeria at Wembley. The game kicks off at 17.15, 2nd June.
- Offers listed here once released. In the meantime check out our World Cup 2018 Betting Offers and Free Bets and Bonuses pages!
England World Cup 2018 Fixtures
Speaking of the World Cup, here are the times and dates of England’s three group matches at Russia 2018:
Mon June 18: Tunisia v England – Volgograd, 7pm UK time
Sun June 24: England v Panama – Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm UK time
Thu June 28: England v Belgium – Kaliningrad, 7pm UK time
Note that prior to these three games England will also play the following two international friendlies:
Saturday June 2: England v Nigeria – Wembley, 7.15pm kick off
Thursday June 7: England v Costa Rica – Elland Road, 8pm kick off
General Terms for Enhanced Odds Welcome Offers
Naturally the exact rules for different offers vary. Terms can change from site to site, offer to offer and over time. However, these offers, as the name “welcome offers” suggests, are almost always for new customers only. In addition, they typically replace any other welcome offer, such as a free bet, meaning you can’t claim both promos.
The full terms for any offer will clearly be shown at the site before you join, make a deposit and claim the offer. We’ll usually bring you the key facts to help you decide if the promo is for you but checking the full rules is always a good idea to avoid any nasty shocks.
That said, the sites we work with are all top class bookies with great reputations. They aren’t trying to catch you out. Moreover, these price boost promotions are generally easy enough to understand. Quite simply, they just make the odds on the promotional market considerably higher than the “normal” odds.
That automatically put the odds in your favour by creating a value bet. If you lose, you would lose the same as you would normally. However, if you win, your payout might be 20 times bigger than normal – possibly even more.
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England Free Bets and Football Betting Offers
All our top England free bets are shown on our Football Free Bets and Bonuses page. These can invariably be used and/or claimed on all England games. We add more free bets to the site all the time so check back if you want a freebie for any England game. Here are a couple of our favourites:
- WILLIAM HILL Bet £10, Get £30 in Free Bets – Promo Code C30. New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
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England’s Chances of Winning the World Cup in Russia 2018
Remember how annoyed we all were when England were knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter final stage in both 2002 and 2006? At the time, the players of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ were vilified in the press for not living up to their potential but such has been the disappointment of more recent international tournaments that a quarter final berth in the 2018 World Cup would go down as a success for England.
England crashed out of the group stage in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and were humiliatingly knocked out by Iceland in their last international tournament at Euro 2016. That’s the low base that Gareth Southgate has to improve upon but some England fans are quietly excited about their chances of the Three Lions in the summer given the amount of exciting young talent at Southgate’s disposal.
Group G Should Pose Few Problems
England were given a horrible group draw in the 2014 World Cup. Everybody knew they would struggle against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica but nobody expected England to finish bottom of the pile. Fortunately, the draw has been rather kinder to the Three Lions this time around.
Belgium are undoubtedly the biggest threat to England in Group G. Roberto Martinez has a squad that’s jam packed with quality and they are the bookies’ favourites to win the group. Fortunately for England, they play Belgium in their last game and should arrive for that shootout for top spot in Kaliningrad having picked up six points against Panama and Tunisia.
England’s campaign opens up with a match against a Tunisia side who have never qualified out of the group stage in any of their four previous World Cup appearances. Save for a few stand out players such as Wahbi Khazri and Youssef Msakni, Tunisia really don’t have much to worry England so consider backing the Three Lions to get off to the perfect start with a win to nil at evens with Ladbrokes.
Panama surprised even their most optimistic fans by qualifying for the World Cup, so much so there was a national holiday when their place in Russia was confirmed. They will give their all in the tournament but Panama have a real lack of quality players relative to England. The best bet from this game could be under 2.5 goals at 21/20 with BetVictor.
Pairing with Group H Makes Top Spot Less Important
The scheduling of England’s group stage fixtures could be perfect. They are afforded what should be a fairly easy start before getting the chance to test themselves against one of the strongest teams at the tournament in a match that really shouldn’t have too much riding on it.
Usually, topping the group in the World Cup gives teams an advantage in terms of who they face in the first knockout stage. However, England’s group are paired up with Group H which many believe to be the most competitive in the tournament. England will play one of Colombia, Poland, Senegal or Japan should they qualify. They’re all capable of causing the Three Lions problems so there isn’t really any preference.
When it comes to the quarter finals, England would most probably face a match against Germany if they finish second in their group. If they top Group G, the betting markets suggest England will play Brazil. Either way, it is going to take an almighty performance for Southgate to guide England to the final four, which is just how it should be at the World Cup.
England’s draw should enhance their chances of making it to the quarter final even if they make a mistake or two along the way. From a betting perspective, England are near certainties to qualify from Group G at a general 1/8 but the best bet could be on the Three Lions being knocked out at the quarter final stage which is 11/5 with Bet365.
Sterling Could Prove Key
One of the first things that Pep Guardiola did when taking charge at Manchester City was to contact Raheem Sterling. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager picked Sterling out as key to City’s chances of winning major honours and has worked very hard with the forward on his game. That work has paid off for City and Sterling’s improvement could be similarly important for England.
Southgate looks set to employ a three man defence in Russia. He knows that his team aren’t great on the ball and that they’re not going to play through too many opponents. What they can do, however, is soak up pressure when they are under the cosh and then spring forward quickly to do serious damage on the counterattack.
It’s in that role that Sterling is particularly important. He is blessed with bags of pace and is very comfortable running with the ball at his feet. He also makes intelligent runs to drag defenders out of position and chipped in with some very important goals for Man City in the season just gone.
Harry Kane is going to need support in the goalscoring stakes and if Sterling hits form in Russia, England’s chances will be all the stronger. It may even be worth taking a chance on Sterling being England’s top goalscorer at a tempting price of 6/1 with Bet365 given how badly Kane struggled in Euro 2016.
England Football Team Stats, Trivia and History
Football, the beautiful game we know and love, was developed in England so it seems only fitting to take a closer look at England’s very own national side. There has rarely been a dull moment being a fan of the Three Lions with plenty of highs and lows spread throughout the decades. Here we focus on the history, the records and the trivia of one of world football’s most recognised teams.
England played their first ever fixture on 5th March 1870 against Scotland. With this being the first international match ever to take place, England, along with Scotland, are the oldest national teams in the world. The first meeting was entirely organised by the Football Association but on the reverse fixture that took place on 30th November 1872, both teams were independently selected. Due to this, the game played at Hamilton Crescent in the winter of ’72 is the one that is deemed to be the first official international game of football.
With few other teams around to play, England were limited to playing the Home Nations of Scotland, Wales and Ireland. A formal competition among them, the British Home Championship, was introduced in 1884, with Scotland winning the inaugural season. World football’s oldest international competition lasted 100 years before it was eventually abandoned.
For many decades England had no home ground but this was rectified in 1923 when Wembley (now Old Wembley) opened and became the main base for the Three Lions. The official capacity of the £750,000 build was 127,000 although during the 1923 FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham, it is believed 300,000 people crammed themselves in.
Due to a dispute with FIFA, England left the footballing governing body in 1928, 22 years after initially joining. This meant that England were unable to take part in any World Cups until they eventually re-joined in 1946. The year they returned was also the year England hired their first full-time manager, Walter Winterbottom. His responsibilities did not however go as far as picking the team as this was done by a committee until Alf Ramsey’s appointment in 1963.
World Cup Glory
England hosted their first World Cup in 1966 and playing on home turf worked wonders. Alf Ramsey guided his men to the final where they took on West Germany in front of a packed Wembley. Along with the many home supporters in the stadium, 32.3m Brits watched the game on TV screens, making it the most watched television event in British history. It took extra time to separate the two sides but two goals, including a famously controversial one from Geoff Hurst, sealed England’s first ever World Cup win.
World Cup Heartbreaks
No matter when you are knocked out of the World Cup, it’s not an easy moment to take. On occasions however, England have found themselves on the receiving end of particularly cruel defeats. Under Bobby Robson, England reached the quarter finals in 1986 but their hopes of going further were dashed by two goals from Diego Maradona, one coming courtesy of an infamous handball.
Penalty shootouts have often been the cause of tears for most English fans though. It was the method of departure in 1990, 1998 and 2006 and this history gives all England fans nerves whenever matches aren’t settled by the end of extra time.
On other occasions, England have suffered the embarrassing feeling of not even being able to reach the finals. The 1966 champions failed to qualify in 1974 under Alf Ramsey, something which led to his dismissal after 11 years in charge. 20 years later and the same disastrous situation occurred again, this time under the heavily criticised Graham Taylor.
European Championship moments
The European Championships began in 1960 but it wasn’t until 1968 when England made their first appearance, finishing third out of four nations involved. Maybe they should have stopped then! England struggled to make any sort of impact on the competition until they hosted it for the first time in 1996, the same year in which the tournament was increased to 16 teams. The hosts faced Germany in the semi-finals at Wembley and the match was decided by a penalty shootout. All takers had scored until the first round of sudden death when Gareth Southgate saw his effort saved by Andreas Kopke.
Penalties would decide England’s fate again in the quarter-finals of both the 2004 and 2012 European Championships. As in 1996, the shootout only brought misery and England were knocked out by their inability to convert from 12 yards. Perhaps the only thing worse than a shootout defeat is not making it to the finals at all. This is something which happened in 2008 as England fell a point short of the top two automatic qualification places, Croatia and Russia beating them to it.
Greatest Ever XI
Plenty of great names have put on England’s white, red or blue shirt before and many of them can justly be called legends of the game. There is no right answer when picking the strongest XI from over the generations but some of the best candidates feature in the video below:
Greatest Ever Goals
Paul Gascoigne v Scotland (1996) – A simply majestic goal in its own right, made extra special that it was scored at Wembley against one of England’s most fierce rivals. Having just seen a penalty saved while 1-0 down, Scotland were back defending moments later as England began attacking down the left flank. The ball was played into Gascoigne who, with his first touch, looped the ball over Colin Hendry’s head and before the ball even had time to bounce again, rifled a volley into the bottom corner.
David Beckham v Greece (2001) – The Three Lions were 2-1 down against Greece with just seconds remaining and needing a point to qualify for the World Cup. Despite being almost 35 yards out, Beckham managed to pick out the top corner with a beautifully curling freekick which left the keeper rooted to the spot. It was an all or nothing moment and one which provoked some of the most jubilant scenes among the England faithful.
Joe Cole v Sweden (2006) – In terms of technique, this is undoubtedly one of the best goals ever scored at the World Cup. England were facing Sweden in the group stages when a cleared cross fell to Joe Cole 35 yards out. There looked to be no danger to speak of but the Chelsea man had other ideas as he chested the ball and sent an audacious outside of the boot volley back towards the Swedish goal. The strike swerved and dipped over the huge frame of Andreas Isaksson and into the top corner.
England 4 – 2 West Germany (1966) – A game with truly everything at stake as England faced a talented West German outfit in the World Cup final. With England up 2-1, it looked like their first major trophy was all theirs but an 89th minute equaliser from Wolfgang Weber forced extra time. This is when Geoff Hurst took the game by the scruff of its neck, scoring two goals to seal the win, including the famous ‘did it cross the line’ strike.
Germany 1 – 5 England (2001) – Victory over one of your biggest rivals always tastes good but one this emphatic will live long in the memory of England fans. The visitors began a goal down before upping the ante in an absolutely thrilling display of football. Michael Owen contributed a hat-trick, Steven Gerrard scored a crispy half volley from 30 yards and as the song goes, even Heskey scored.
Argentina 0 – 1 England (2002) – After qualifying for the 2002 World Cup by the skin of their teeth, England faced a tough group game against Argentina. The two old foes had met in the previous World Cup during a match which featured an infamous David Beckham red card and a crushing penalty shootout defeat for the 10-man England. The anguish suffered four years prior made the win all the more sweet and it was the former villain, David Beckham, who became hero as he scored what would be the winning goal just before half-time.
United States 1 – England 0 (1950) – England approached their first ever World Cup as the 3/1 favourites but their talented squad failed to make it past the group stages following this defeat. America had hastily put together a squad of amateurs and semi-professionals who didn’t look like standing even a slight chance. Such was the perceived difference in quality between the sides, one English paper quipped that it would only be fair if the U.S had a three goal head start. England bossed possession but a goal from Joe Gaetjens secured a famous win in what remains today as one of the most shocking World Cup results ever.
England 2 – 3 Croatia (2008) – Croatia were by no means a bad side coming into this decisive Euro 2008 qualifying match at a wet Wembley but this didn’t soften the blow much. The home side needed just a draw to qualify for the finals but they found themselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes, one goal coming thanks to an error from goalkeeper, Scott Carson. Despite pulling the game back level, a long range strike from Mladen Petric broke English hearts and their manager, a glum looking Steve McClaren, acquired the nickname ‘Wally with the Brolly’.
England 0 – 1 Iceland (2016) – Despite their tiny population and minnow status, Iceland had fully deserved their place in the last 16 of Euro 2016. The nation ranked 34th in the world were very much the underdogs when facing England however, a side that boasted a vast array of Premier League stars. Wayne Rooney fired England ahead early on but Iceland quickly responded with two goals of their own and defended their lead with some degree of comfort for the remaining 72 minutes. The toothless display from England led to the resignation of Roy Hodgson just a day later.
Here are the players who have represented England on the most occasions.
- Peter Shilton – 125 Caps
- Wayne Rooney – 119 Caps
- David Beckham – 115 Caps
- Steven Gerrard – 114 Caps
- Bobby Moore – 108 Caps
It took a long time but in 2015, Wayne Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton to become England’s all-time leading scorer.
- Wayne Rooney – 53 Goals
- Bobby Charlton – 49 Goals
- Gary Lineker – 48 Goals
- Jimmy Greaves – 44 Goals
- Michael Owen – 40 Goals
At 42 years and 103 days old, Stanley Matthews became the oldest ever player to represent England during a match against Denmark in 1957.
The oldest player to represent England at the World Cup is Peter Shilton. The England captain was 40 years and 292 days old when playing in England’s final game at Italia 90, the third place play-off.
No player has played under more England managers than Gareth Barry, who reached a tally of eight during an international career spanning 12 years.
A total of five England internationals also appeared in official matches representing other countries: John Edwards (Wales), Jack Reynolds (Ireland), Bobby Evans (Wales), Jackie Sewell, (Zambia) and Ken Armstrong (New Zealand).
England’s biggest margin of victory came in 1882 as they demolished Ireland 13-0 in Belfast.
Their biggest ever defeat came at the hands of Hungary who were ranked the number one side at the world at the time. The 1954 match in Budapest ended 7-1 to the Hungarians with two goals coming from Ferenc Puskas.
The fastest goal England have conceded was against San Marino of all nations, the famous goal coming just 8.3 seconds after kick-off. You can get more World Cup info in our dedicated World Cup betting guide.