|Thousands of English supporters are celebrating today after what William Hill is calling ‘the biggest ever gamble on an England victory.” Bookmakers reported millions of pounds worth of handle as English fans suddenly found confidence in their beleaguered team, and backed them to beat Switzerland on Thursday. England duly rewarded their faith and, despite a few fits and starts, ended up comfortable 3-0 winners.|
'We took over a dozen five figure bets on an England win; from £10,000 by an Internet punter to £50,000 from a North London betting shop customer,' said Hills spokesman, Graham Sharpe, after the match. ”We had some 2 million pounds in total staked on England winning the match in 90 minutes play - an 8-15 shot.'
Sharp added that Wayne Rooney was also heavily backed at 11-2 to score the first goal and the 3-0 score line was a popular choice at 9-1.
'This is probably the single worst England result ever for us financially and England would also be the worst winners of the tournament for us,' said Sharpe.
England's are now third favourites to win the tournament at 6-1, down from 8-1.