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BY skippering England for the 25th time on Wednesday night, David Beckham won punter Paul Roberts pounds 1000, after he took odds of 100/1 about him doing so back in March 1997.
Disloyal gamblers took odds of 12-1 from Paddy Power on Ireland losing their group matches against Cameroon, Germany and Saudi Arabia.
Builders Day' attracted a decent crowd for a particularly weak card, but those who took odds of 2-7 about Autumn Blades in a desperate auction maiden must have had their hearts in their mouths when John Hills's disappointing gelding pulled like a train and looked as if he might get boxed in.
Shearer was 11-4 favourite to score the first goal against Tunisia while punters who took odds of 16-1 for a combination bet on the 2-0 scoreline and a Shearer opening goal were also celebrating.