England legend Michael Owen is optimistic about the Three Lions escaping their World Cup group.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker, who is the fourth highest England goalscorer of all-time, does not share the view of those who think the country will crash out at the first hurdle for the first time since 1950.
England are a massive 33-1 with bookmaker BetVictor to triumph in the World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil on Thursday, June 12. The firm is offering odds of 4-1 for England to reach the last eight.
Owen, who scored 40 times for his country, including a stunning solo effort against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, aged just 18, said:
“While it would not be the biggest surprise in the world to see England eliminated in the Group stages I think they will make it through to the last eight but that is where I see their Brazilian adventure coming to a halt. Italy’s 1-1 midweek draw with Luxembourg and Uruguay’s recent 1-0 win over Northern Ireland suggests neither of their main rivals begins the tournament in the best of health.”
Owen who is a brand ambassador for BetVictor: “I can see the Three Lions making it out of the group, winning their last 16 tie but falling at the quarter-final hurdle.”
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