Loftus Cheek And Shelvey In The Reckoning For A Place In England's 2018 World Cup Squad

The end of the Premier League season is almost upon us and attention is beginning to turn towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Many players (and fans) will be waiting on tenterhooks to discover Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad for this summer's tournament and Ruben Loftus-Cheek has forced his way into the reckoning...

Southgate has until 14 May to let FIFA know his provisional 35-man squad before announcing his final 23-man selection on 4 June, although the England boss has said that he will be making his first announcement swiftly after the end of the Premier League campaign.

Central Midfielders - A Lack Of Options

One of Southgate's biggest headaches will be which central midfielders to take to Russia and he is hardly blessed with options in that area of the pitch as Dele Alli, the injury prone Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere are all odds-on to be on the plane.

Wilshere is as short as 4/9 to be named in England's World Cup squad despite not playing a competitive minute of football for his country since the humiliating Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland. The 26-year-old done well in a woeful Arsenal midfield this season but he has only started 11 league games this season.

Loftus-Cheek, Shelvey And Cook In The Mix

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has also had injury problems as he missed the best part of three months with an ankle problem before returning in March and he has been in superb form for Crystal Palace since then. The 22-year-old loanee from Chelsea impressed during his two appearances for England under Southgate, picking up the man-of-the-match award in a friendly against Germany, and he is 6/5 to be named in England's World Cup squad with Betway.

Jonjo Shelvey has also forced his way into the reckoning for selection with a series of impressive displays for Newcastle and he will be desperate to add to the paltry six caps he has acquired since making his international debut in 2012. Coral have cut Shelvey in from 5/2 to 7/4 to be on the plane to Russia.

Lewis Cook could be a surprise contender after making his international debut recently and the Bournemouth man has impressed since joining the Cherries from Leeds two years ago. Cook is 3/1 to make the squad (Bet Victor).

The Also-Rans?

Meanwhile, Fabian Delph's versatility could play in his favour and he is 7/4 to make the final cut, while Jake Livermore is 7/2 despite his indifferent form for a poor West Brom team this season.

The odds of Harry Winks making the squad have drifted out to 9/1 as he continues to battle his way back from an ankle injury that has obliterated his second half of the season, while Danny Drinkwater has found opportunities difficult to come by at Chelsea and is out at 10/1.

To Be Named In England 2018 World Cup Squad Odds

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Posted: Thursday, 3rd May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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