England were handed a difficult qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup. Despite being the strongest of the teams, England were given tricky ties against rivals Croatia, Ukraine, and Belarus. The team started their campaign strongly, back in 2008, against Andorra. In front of a 17,500 partisan crowd, John Terry and co secured a 2-0 victory. Momentum began to gather, as the team registered a 5-1 win over Kazakhstan, and morale continued to improve when England travelled away to Belarus (their first relatively difficult tie of the qualifiers), and came away with a 3-1 win.
Ukraine, who were considered England’s most dangerous rivals, visited Wembley vying for top spot. Capello’s side had other ideas and won 2-1. England’s goalscorers proved their worth in the following two matches, with a 4-0 win away at Kazakhstan and a 6-0 home victory over Andorra.
England ended their qualifying campaign with strength and determination. In front of more than 87,000 fans at Wembley, Slaven Bilic’s Croatia were totally outclassed by a dogged and clinical English side – Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were among the stand out players in a 5-1 win.
With Croatia defeated, England had all but qualified for the World Cup. A 1-0 defeat away in Ukraine was a minor blip, but a comfortable 3-0 demolition of Belarus meant England booked their ticket to South Africa. If you want to see the England betting odds then visit Party Bets who have a whole section dedicated to the 2010 World Cup.