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Betting: England 5/2 to win the 2018 World Cup after semi-final qualification

9:24 AM WAT 09/07/2018
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Gareth Southgate's side kept their first clean sheet in Russia and secured safe passage to the next round with a 2-0 win over Sweden in Samara

From 16/1 (17.0) pre-tournament, England are now 5/2 (3.50) second favourites to win the 2018 World Cup.

dabblebet make France their 2/1 (3.0) market principles, but the Three Lions will face a kinder semi-final draw.

Gareth Southgate's side set up clash with Croatia with a 2-0 win over Sweden. Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were enough to see the pre-match 17/20 (1.85) shots through to the next round.

Once again it was the set pieces that proved profitable for Southgate’s men, with Maguire becoming the latest player to profit and net his first international goal in the process.

That victory was the first time that England have kept a clean sheet in the tournament to date, mainly thanks to an impressive display from Jordan Pickford who followed on from his penalty shootout heroics against Colombia.

The Everton goalkeeper was in fine form to keep the Swedes at bay but in truth if was a fairly comfortable win for the Three Lions, who could have added more gloss to the score line if they'd taken their opportunities in the final third.

Belgium are available at 11/4 (3.75) to win the competition after knocking out favourites Brazil on Friday night. Despite that, Roberto Martinez's men will be underdogs against France in their semi-final on Tuesday evening.

An England/France final is now a 2/1 (3.0) chance with dabblebet who are 13/5 (3.60) that it's Belgium that contest the showpiece clash on July 15 against the 1966 winners.

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