The Group stages of the football World Cup aren’t over just yet, but the England players already know that they’re out of the tournament. Whatever happens in their final game against Costa Rica, they can’t progress to the knockout stages of the Brazilian World Cup.
So what sporting events can the British public look forward to now? The Wimbledon Championships started yesterday – and this year British spectators are showing more optimism than ever before, given that Andy Murray is the current reigning champion. All hopes are on him being able to repeat last year’s triumph, when he beat Novak Djokovic in three sets in the searing heat on Centre Court, ending a 77-year period with no British men’s winner at Wimbledon. Betfair may have Djokovic as the tournament favourite at a price of around 9/2, but Andy Murray is the second favourite as it stands.
Whether Murray wins or loses, Wimbledon will be over before we know which country has won the World Cup. The men’s final at Wimbledon is on Sunday 6th July, a full week before the football final in Rio de Janeiro.
There’s another Brit to support in July, though. The Tour de France begins in Yorkshire this year, and British rider Chris Froome, who won the Tour last year, is tipped as favourite to win again. The Tour starts in Yorkshire but, as always, will finish on the Champs Elysées in Paris on Sunday 27th July.
So we’ve got a few possibilities this summer to find another British winner. Of course, if all else fails, we can pin our hopes on the British teams competing in the Rugby Union World Cup in September 2015. England play host to the event which should give some level of home advantage and they are already considered to be one of the favourites to lift the trophy, at a price of around 7/2.
Another chance may have come and gone for football World Cup glory, but there are plenty more possibilities for Team GB this summer!