Things have gone downhill from there as the graph shows, reaching their nadir in 2014 when they crashed out of that year’s World Cup in the group stages.
Optimism increased after they beat Germany 3-2, away in March 2016 with odds shortening to 16-1 but a combination of defeat to Iceland in this years Euros, coupled with the appointment of Sam Allardyce saw them once again at 24/1.
Interestingly, Sam’s sacking, two months later did nothing to lift their prospects with the bookies and as it stands, they are still 22/1.
Perhaps surprisingly, that makes them eighth favourite, so maybe worth a punt after all.
It’s not been plain sailing for other International teams either. Spain has drifted from 5/1 to 9/1, likewise Brazil is also now at 9/1 and The Netherlands has fallen to 26/1 from a high of 14/1.
Going the other way, Wales who have come from a 1000/1 starting position in 2011 to 95/1 now. Outside chance it might be but it’s worth remembering, in this week of upsets, that Donald Trump started his run for President at odds of 250/1.