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The Three Lions will outperform the likes of France, Argentina and Portugal, UBS' boffins say.
Using econometric tools, usually applied to assess investment opportunities, UBS today predicted the outcome of the World Cup.
England is the fourth most likely team to win the whole tournament, suggesting a semi-final berth could be on the cards. Gareth Southgate's squad – boasting the third youngest average age of any English team heading to the World Cup – has an 8.5 per cent chance of lifting the Jules Rimet trophy.
UBS think Germany is most likely to win the World Cup, with a 24 per cent chance. Joachim Low's team head Brazil and then Spain in the rankings. England, however, have one of the best chances of making the quarter-finals – UBS reckons there is a 66 per cent likelihood Harry Kane et al will make the last eight.
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"Following the unveiling of the 23-man England squad yesterday, excitement levels have ramped up. Our calculations suggest there is reason to be optimistic," said UBS wealth management economist Dean Turner.
"We see a two-thirds chance of England reaching the quarter-final stage, but their way to the semi-final could lead through a tricky tie with Brazil.
England has a balanced team, an attribute that complements teamwork and can transform a successful team into a future champion. It is also an attribute that offers important lessons for investors to learn from successful football teams. When it comes to investments, holding a diversified portfolio of assets is incredibly important.