England are just as likely to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia without Wayne Rooney as they are with him, according to the bookmakers, with odds unaltered by his decision to retire from international football.
Rooney, England’s all-time record scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances, called time on his England career on Wednesday, when he released a statement explaining his decision to step down in the wake of this summer’s return to Everton:
“Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out.
“Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.”
England’s odds of winning next year’s World Cup in Russia have fluctuated between 20/1 (21.00) and 24/1 (25.00) in recent weeks, and Rooney’s absence neither improved nor set back their chances.
The former Manchester United star had become a bit-part player in his final season at Old Trafford, and rather than risk the same happening at Goodison Park, the 31-year-old has opted to focus solely on Everton.
Germany are the big favourites to retain the World Cup in Russia and are listed at 1/2 (6.50) with Betway, but France and 2014 finalists Brazil are close behind at 13/2 (7.50).
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World Cup 2018: Top 10 Winner Odds
Germany: 11/2 (6.50)
Brazil: 13/2 (7.50)
France: 13/2 (7.50)
Spain: 8/1 (9.00)
Argentina: 9/1 (10.00)
Belgium: 16/1 (17.00)
Italy: 16/1 (17.00)
England: 20.1 (21.00)
Portugal: 25.00 (26.00)
Colombia: 33/1 (34.00)