Coral bookmakers have pushed the home nation out to 13/8 (from 5/4), while shortening Spain/Portugal to 3/1 (from 6-1). Russia is still the favourites at 11/10 with Coral, out from odds-on 10/11. While the rank outsiders in the race are Belgium/Netherlands, now 100/1 (from 66/1).
“After receiving a boost from FIFA’s positive evaluation report last week, this news, although not totally unexpected, is disappointing. So while it’s a major boost for the Iberians, it’s a setback for England ahead of the announcement next week,” said Coral spokesman Gary Burton
2018 World Cup Host Nation (all Coral):
11/10 (from 10/11) Russia
13/8 (from 5/4) England
3/1 (from 6/1) Spain/Portugal
100/1 (from 66/1) Belgium/Netherlands