England have been cut from 10/1 to 8/1 with Blue Square to win the World Cup after sneaking through the group stage with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia in Port Elizabeth.
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Jermain Defoe nudged home the first-half winner that propelled the Three Lions into the last 16, although they were denied top spot in pool C after the USA secured a late success over Algeria.
Landon Donovan’s injury-time effort in Pretoria meant the outcome was not exactly what England wanted, as it sends them to Bloemfontein on Sunday and leaves them in the same quarter of the draw as Diego Maradona’s dangerous Argentinians.
However, Fabio Capello was just delighted to stay in the competition and declared: “We played together, fought together and I am really, really happy for the result.
“This was the team that I know. This team can go forward. All the team, the coaches, their mind is free. We can go forward without fear, without everything.”
Defoe was delighted with his first World Cup goal, converting a fine cross from James Milner.
“I’m lost for words to be honest,” he said on BBC1. “What a moment. Everyone was focused before the game and we are through, that’s the most important thing