France 10-1 for World Cup

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France 10-1 to retain the World Cup in South Korea in 2002, despite Sunday's Euro 2000 victory. Brazil, beaten 3-0 by France in the World Cup final in 1998, are the 4-1 favourites with Argentina, beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands at the quarter-final stage at France 98, the second favourites at 7-1. Italy are 11-1 and the Netherlands and Spain are 14-1.

France 10-1 to retain the World Cup in South Korea in 2002, despite Sunday's Euro 2000 victory. Brazil, beaten 3-0 by France in the World Cup final in 1998, are the 4-1 favourites with Argentina, beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands at the quarter-final stage at France 98, the second favourites at 7-1. Italy are 11-1 and the Netherlands and Spain are 14-1.

England, beaten in a penalty shoot-out by Argentina in their final 16 knock-out match at France 98 but eliminated at the group stage at Euro 2000, are 25-1, the same price as Portugal, who reached the Euro 2000 semi-finals, and Germany. Among the outsiders The Republic of Ireland and Scotland are 200-1, while Wales and Northern Ireland are 500-1.

Following the deduction of one of his goals at Euro 2000, Patrick Kluivert of the Netherlands - 8-1 at the start of the tournament - dead-heats for the Golden Boot award with Yugoslavia's Savo Milosevic, who was 125-1.

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