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England will win World Cup 2010: J.P. Morgan

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(Read caption) England's captain Paul Collingwood holds his team's trophy as they celebrate their victory over Australia and winning the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup tournament in Bridgetown, Barbados, Sunday.

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Move over, Brazil.

Step aside, Italy.

England will win World Cup 2010.

IN PICTURES: Ready for the World Cup

Stop snickering, you. The financial wizards at J.P. Morgan have used "Quant Models" to determine that the Three Lions will sink their teeth into Spain in the World Cup final. The world will hear them roar.

J.P. Morgan describes Quant Models as "mathematical methods built to efficiently screen and identify stocks" and says it has applied that method to soccer data such as FIFA rankings and historical match scores to come up with its result.

Still, England?

Although every Englishman seems to fancy the national team's chances in every World Cup, few outside Old Blighty see them as favorites when the cup rolls around every four years.

Yes, England has in recent years become home to the top professional league in all of soccer, but that's largely because the Big Four Premier League teams are are chock full of foreign players lured from the far corners of the earth by owners that throw around sums of money that would make George Steinbrenner blush.

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The home of football has largely faced international futility since lifting the World Cup in 1966. But this time it could be different.

Some of the top minds in soccer are talking up England's chances.

“England have good chances. Absolutely. They have a very experienced team. Most of the players have been in big tournaments like the World Cup before,” said former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson. “So, they have a great chance of reaching the semi-final and why not the final?”

French soccer legend Michel Platini even said England could go all the way.

That may be worth more than any Quant Model.

IN PICTURES: Ready for the World Cup

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