The Betting Directory's England Squad For The 2018 World Cup

There are less than 24 hours to go until Gareth Southgate names his England squad for the 2018 World Cup and Betting-Directory.com have picked out the players they think should be on the plane to Russia this summer.

It is no surprise to see that Joe Hart's odds of making the squad have drifted out to 5/2 with Bet 365 following reports that he has been overlooked by Southgate and he certainly wouldn't make the final cut for us either. We've trawled the latest England World Cup Squad Odds and have picked out our final 23-man squad.

The England Squad (According to Betting-Directory.com)

Jordan Pickford has endured a tough season with Everton but he has rarely put a foot wrong and he has impressed during his brief international career to date, which ensures he is our first choice goalkeeper for Russia. Jack Butland, recently relegated with Stoke, and Burnley's Nick Pope provide the back-up.

The defence is a tricky area but it seems as if Southgate will play with a back-three and wing-backs, which ensures Phil Jones, Harry Maguire and John Stones would be our defensive trio. James Tarkowski is a back-up centre-half, while Kyle Walker and Ashley Young would be either side of the back-three.

Ryan Bertrand and Kieran Trippier provide cover in the wide areas as Trent Alexander-Arnold is lacking experience and Danny Rose has shown a questionable attitude in recent times.

The midfield would see Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier playing the holding role, allowing Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli to provide a bit of invention. The midfield is quite flexible as two holding midfielders might be overkill at times so the increasingly impressive Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes the cut, as do Adam Lallana, Jonjo Shelvey and Jese Lingard.

As a bit of a World Cup wildcard, the 18-year-old Jadon Sancho is 16/1 to make the squad (Bet 365) after scoring once and laying on four assists for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Harry Kane is a no-brainer in attack, likewise Jamie Vardy, while Marcus Rashford can put a tough season under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United behind him and impress from the bench this summer.

The Final Squad

Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope; Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Ryan Bertrand, Ashley Young, Kieran Trippier, James Tarkowski, Phil Jones; Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Adam Lallana, Jonjo Shelvey, Jese Lingard, Jadon Sancho; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford.

2018 England World Cup Squad Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 15th May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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