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England are set to be crowned World Cup champions, according to data experts. The Three Lions kick off their campaign in Qatar on Monday with high hopes of going all the way despite facing tough competition from the likes of Brazil and France.
But number crunchers at sports betting review site Online Casinos are predicting glory for England based on players’ transfer values. Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, including Tottenham Hotspur striker and England captain Harry Kane, Manchester United centre back Harry Maguire, and Manchester City ace Phil Foden, has a whopping combined transfer value of just over £1.1 billion, the figures reveal.
Football heavyweights Brazil come in second place with slightly over £1 billion in transfer value, followed by reigning champions France at £950,600,000 and Portugal with £824,500,000 in net worth. In fifth spot is Spain at £793,760,000 with England’s long-term adversaries Germany in sixth with £793,760,000 in total player value and Argentina in seventh with £557,216,000.
The national team in oil-rich Qatar scores the worst in terms of player transfer fees, at a paltry £13,112,000 in combined value. A spokesperson for Online Casinos said the value of a team was a direct reflection of its talent pool, and therefore England, as the most valuable team in the World Cup, was likely to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy after almost a month of gruelling battle in the high desert heat.
The spokesperson said: “Obviously anything can happen at a World Cup, and the favourites can easily be knocked out early on. Looking at our figures, you can see a derelict correlation between players who are at the top of their game and how much clubs pay for them.
“This gives you a solid idea of which way the competition is likely to go …