Vasili Berezutski’s goal against England saved the bookmakers £20 million

England’s pain was the bookmakers gain according to industry insiders

Hard to believe. But a few goals by this man could have you running for the Kleenex.

Vasili Berezutski’s goal may have left England fans miserable in their 1-1 draw at Euro 2016 but the bookmakers were more than happy to see Russia grab a last-gasp equaliser.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the late leveller helped British bookmakers avoid a loss of around £20 million after Three Lions fans lumped on Roy Hodgson’s team to win big against their Group B.

The report estimates that the goal saw William Hill turn a £3 million loss into a £2 million profit while the strike prompted a swing of around £2 million for Ladbrokes.

According to the latter of the two, every England win costs the bookmaker around £1 million, with fans continuing to lump on the Three Lions despite their continued disappointing form at major tournaments.

England has now failed to score more than one goal in 13 of their last 14 major tournament fixtures, with Hodgson guilty of allowing his team to sit on a 1-0 lead against Russia rather than push forward for a second killer goal.

The team will need to pick themselves up for Thursday though with plenty likely to be riding on the outcome of what will likely be a testing encounter against a Wales team on a high following their 2-1 victory over Slovakia.

With William Hill estimating that around £30 million will be wagered on the game across the industry, there will be plenty of fans watching on from home too.

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