TODAY'S the D-Day for nations desperate to host the World Cup in 2018 – and England go into the final hour of deliberation as narrow favourites.
Coral have cut them to 11-10 and out Russia out to 6-5 from 4-6 after news President Vladimir Putin will snub the draw results show in Zurich.
It looks a two-horse-race with Spain and Portugal 11-2 and Belgium and Holland 40-1 outsiders.
Ladbrokes have England even shorter at 1-1 after a day of sustained betting, They make Russia 6-5.
However, bet365 don't see Putin's absence as a problem and make Russia 8-11 ahead of 13-5 England, 10-3 Portugal/Spain and 33-1 Belgium/Holland.
William Hill, who make England 6-5 for 2018, are already looking ahead to 2022 and offer
4-6 Qatar, 5-2 Australia, USA, 33-1 Japan and 40-1 South Korea.