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The predicted England squad for the 2018 World Cup

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere warms up ahead of the match

We look ahead to the 2018 World Cup and the England squad looks set to include Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

UPDATE 15.01.18
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is finally starting to deliver for Liverpool and the midfielder is now likely to be part of the 23-man England squad that competes at the 2018 World Cup.

The Ox is likely to be joined by the in-form Jack Wilshere who has swiftly gone from reserve team player to one of the first names on the team sheet, although the midfielder is only one injury away from missing out as he’s done in the past.

Jesse Lingard is the other midfielder who has really risen to prominence and the Manchester United midfielder looks nailed-on to be picked along with Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford.

We’re still expect Joe Gomez to be included due to his versatility, with Gareth Southgate set to opt for five centre-halves due to his preference for playing three of them as part of a 3-5-2 formation.

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford

Left-backs: Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand

Right-backs: Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Centre-halves: Michael Keane, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Joe Gomez

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

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UPDATE 08.01.18
Gareth Southgate ignored Jack Wilshere when it came to selecting his England squad for the friendly matches against Germany and Brazil, although it will be hard for the Three Lions Head Coach to overlook the Arsenal midfielder for the March double header against Netherlands and Italy.

Wilshere is now an 8/15 chance with bet365 to be part of the 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, with the Arsenal player scoring the opening goal of the recent 2-2 draw against Chelsea, with the midfielder slamming the ball home from close range.

There are several players who are looking like banker material, including the following:

Harry Kane 1/20
Dele Alli 1/20
Eric Dier 1/20
Marcus Rashford 1/10
Kyle Walker 1/10
Raheem Sterling 1/10
John Stones 1/8
Jordan Pickford 1/6

Make no mistake, these eight players are on the plane barring injury.

Then we have the following:

Jack Butland 1/6
Gary Cahill 1/5
Jamie Vardy 1/4
Adam Lallana 1/3
Danny Rose 4/11
Kieran Trippier 4/11
Ryan Bertrand 4/11
Jordan Henderson 2/5

These eight players should also be in the squad which means sixteen places occupied and seven up for grabs. These players come next in the betting and are “probables”:

Harry Maguire 4/9
Joe Hart 4/9
Jesse Lingard 4/9
Jack Wilshere 8/15
Phil Jones 8/13
Michael Keane 4/6
Harry Winks 8/11

It’s feasible that these seven players could be on the plane although we have another crop of players who have a definite chance of breaking through.

Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain 10/11
Danny Welbeck 11/10
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5/4
Ashley Young 13/8
Fabian Delph 7/4
Danny Drinkwater 5/2
Joe Gomez 5/2
Tom Heaton 11/4
Ross Barkley 4/1

With Barkley likely to make a move to Chelsea in January and nearing a return from injury, perhaps the midfielder could make a late run!

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Well well well. Previous England World Cup squads have been fairly easy to predict. Managers like Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson have stuck to the tried and tested, although Gareth Southgate appears to be far more progressive and it’s tricky to predict the twenty-three players who will be selected to board the plane to Russia.

Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were barely on most people’s radar when the season started, although Southgate was clearly aware of their abilities and the same applies to Tammy Abraham who might yet pinch a place in the World Cup squad. Unlike Theo Walcott all those years ago, the Chelsea striker wouldn’t be there to make up the numbers.

The Bet365 Verdict

Bet365 have priced up a “To Be In Finals Squad” where each player has respective odds about them being “on the plane”.

BANKERS
There are several players guaranteed to be making the England 23-man squad for Russia next summer providing they don’t get injured.

Here are the seventeen players that we think are nailed-on based on current form. This includes Kieran Trippier who is shining bright for Tottenham after the departure of Kyle Walker last summer. Jamie Vardy has also played himself into being banker material thanks to the pace he offers when England revert to a more counter-attacking style.

Harry Kane 1/20
Dele Alli 1/20
Eric Dier 1/20
Marcus Rashford 1/10
Kyle Walker 1/9
John Stones 1/8
Danny Rose 1/6
Raheem Sterling 1/5
Jack Butland 1/4
Jordan Henderson 1/4
Jordan Pickford 1/4
Gary Cahill 1/4
Joe Hart 2/7
Adam Lallana 4/11
Jamie Vardy 2/5
Kieran Trippier 2/5
Ryan Bertrand 4/9

That leaves six places up for grabs. Not too many but enough to create some healthy competition.

LIKELY LADS?
We have four more players trading at odds-on. Harry Maguire looks a touch short at 1/2 although Harry Winks looks a better prospect and should land a midfield spot providing that he isn’t injured for the next international call-up. Phil Jones looks a great bet if he can stay fit although Michael Keane isn’t great value at 4/7.

Harry Maguire 1/2
Harry Winks 1/2
Michael Keane 4/7
Phil Jones 8/11

HOPEFULS
We’re amazed you can currently back Joe Gomez at odds of 5/2. We think the Liverpool defender has an outstanding chance of being in the squad after earning a Man of the Match award after a brilliant effort against Brazil. Loftus-Cheek also looks in with a very good chance of being included and we could see Delph also squeaking into the squad if he continues to play for Manchester City.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 11/10
Danny Welbeck 5/4
Jesse Lingard 6/4
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7/4
Fabian Delph 2/1
Jack Wilshere 5/2
Daniel Sturridge 5/2
Jake Livermore 5/2
Danny Drinkwater 5/2
Joe Gomez 5/2
Tammy Abraham 11/4
Chris Smalling 3/1

PREDICTED ENGLAND WORLD CUP 2018 SQUAD
As mentioned, a lot of the players currently pick themselves and that is certainly the case with the goalkeepers and full-backs.

Southgate wanting to play three centre halves means there should be room for five of them on the plane to Russia and they’ll be looking for extra leg space.

Fabian Delph could edge out Ashley Young for a midfield spot, with Winks also likely to get the nod if he continues for Tottenham this season. He’s been earning rave reviews so no reason why not.

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford

Left-backs: Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand

Right-backs: Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Centre-halves: Michael Keane, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Joe Gomez

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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  1. West Parley Kev

    What about Rose and Walker they must be nailed on to go ahead of Shaw definately wouldn’t take Walcott; Lallana gives better versatility. Drink water will go – Henderson and Wilshere both injury concerns.

  2. I would pick these.. 3, 7, 8, 5. Hart, Forster, (Butland if fit) Foster. Baines (Shaw if fit) Rose, Clyne, Walker, Stones, Smalling, Cahill, Dier, Milner, Carrick, (Much better than Henderson) Barkley, Alli, Wilshere, Walcott, Sterling, (Oxlade if Wilshere not fit) Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck, Kane,Vardy. Just need to take all 5 strikers and hope Stones regains his form. and do not take the useless pair of Henderson and Jones..