The Three Lions are still chasing an elusive repeat of their 1966 triumph but hopes are high of ending that wait for a second title judged on the England World Cup 2018 odds.
England have disappointed on football’s biggest stage since reaching the quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006.
They were hammered 4-1 by Germany at the last-16 stage in 2010 and then finished bottom of their pool four years ago, picking up just one point.
Euro 2016 was another let-down as the Three Lions were upset by Iceland, but the road to Russia has prompted renewed optimism of an upturn in fortunes when considering England World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
England went unbeaten through a tricky section that included Slovakia, Slovenia and the auld enemy Scotland, winning eight games and drawing twice.
No team conceded fewer goals in European qualifying than the three let in by Southgate’s well-drilled defence and they have also proven hard to break down in high-profile friendlies.
Germany, Brazil and Holland all drew a blank, while Italy needed a late penalty to snatch a 1-1 stalemate at Wembley.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
It is hardly surprising that England should be strong at the back under Southgate, who was an organised defender himself and appeared at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup tournaments.
Southgate has experimented with playing three central defenders and two wing-backs, while holding midfielders such as Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson provide added protection.
There is then room for Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard to provide plenty of energy and enthusiasm going forward.
Up front, two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane has had little difficulty in transferring his outstanding club form for Tottenham onto the international stage.
The 24-year-old netted five times in as many qualifiers down the home stretch, including a last-gasp equaliser against Scotland and match-winning goals versus Slovenia and Lithuania.
Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford can add pace in attack, but the feeling is that Kane will need to fire if England are to go all the way.
Rank (world): 15
WC appearances: 14
Best effort: Won in 1966
Road to Russia
Lithuania 0-1 ENG
ENG 1-0 Slovenia
ENG 2-1 Slovakia
Malta 0-4 ENG
Scotland 2-2 ENG
ENG 2-0 Lithuania
ENG 3-0 Scotland
Slovenia 0-0 ENG
Kyle Walker (D)
Eric Dier (M)
Raheem Sterling (M)
Jamie Vardy (F)
Harry Kane (F)
Marcus Rashford (F)
Gareth Southgate – ENG