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March 18, 2010 04:30 ET

England Remain World Cup Third Favourites, Says Leading Bookmaker

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) - With the World Cup in South Africa just twelve weeks away, England's on and off the field problems have continued to grow over recent weeks. Despite this, leading Irish bookmaker Paddy Power continues to rate the 1966 champions at 11/2 third favourites for this summer's World Cup.

Fabio Capello's side qualified for South Africa with relative ease and, with the favourable draw that they were handed, were quickly installed as the third favourites to triumph in South Africa. However, whilst a recent series of events has threatened to undermine England's chances of glory in 2010, the bookies remain confident of England's chances.

Paddy Power, the leading Irish bookmaker who offer a range of World Cup odds, said, "It's been a tough few weeks for Fabio Capello. Not only did the Italian have to strip John Terry of the captaincy in a World Cup year, but he also then lost Wayne Bridge as part of the same debacle. With his vice-captain (Rio Ferdinand) and first choice left-back (Ashley Cole) also injured, Capello has then had to rethink his plans to take into account the absence of David Beckham and, potentially, Aaron Lennon."

With less than three months to the start of the tournament, these problems have threatened to derail England's preparations for South Africa. The England coach has also had to deal with the worrying loss of form of many of his leading players including Emile Heskey, Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard and former captain Terry.

Paddy Power added, "England are still our 11/2 third favourites for the tournament and in our outright World Cup Betting market, we only offer Spain and Brazil at lower odds to England. Whilst Capello may have some problems to solve between now and June 11th, the terrific form of Wayne Rooney and the range of options open to the England coach mean we're still seeing plenty of money on the Three Lions to emulate the team of 1966 and win this summer's World Cup."

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Founded in 1988 by the merger of three existing Irish high street bookmakers, Paddy Power takes an unconventional approach to betting and gaming believing them to be firmly rooted in the leisure and entertainment space.

As such its mission is to make 'risk-based entertainment' more accessible and fun. It offers customers an unparalleled betting experience that is great value; great fun and has the best service.

Through this strategy the company has developed a strong reputation as "The Punter Friendly Bookmaker" and has become renowned for its unique "Money Back Specials".

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