England have very little chance of winning the Four Nations, according to bookmakers across the UK.
Indeed, despite those around them struggling to put together full-strength squads for this month’s tournament, Steve McNamara’s men are clear underdogs, priced at a very generous 12/1 with six different companies (see Odds Checker for the latest prices).
To put that into context, New Zealand – without Sonny Bill Williams, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Kevin Locke – are 4/1, while Australia – missing Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, the Morris brothers, Darius Boyd and more – are clear favourites at 1/6.
Samoa are understandably outsiders at 100/1.
We don’t know about you, but if England’s elite get through Saturday’s Grand Final unscathed, 12/1 might just be a bet worth taking.