5 value picks to make the England World Cup squad
At these prices, these picks are worth backing to be selected by Gareth Southgate for the plane to Russia this summer.
Joe Gomez –
With Gary Cahill and Phil Jones available at shorter odds, this is a standout price for a player who has actually been selected for the forthcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.
While Cahill and Jones miss out due to form and fitness respectively, Gomez has been rewarded for his Man of the Match performance in England’s last game against Brazil in November.
The 20-year-old can play at full-back, so is well-suited to a wide centre-back role in Gareth Southgate’s preferred back three, and will be in Russia if he impresses in the next week.
Trent Alexander-Arnold –
Though behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in the right wing-back pecking order, Alexander-Arnold is worth a punt.
His price is shorter than Theo Walcott and Fabian Delph, and the same as Tom Heaton – players who are all more than one injury away from making the final 23.
Alexander-Arnold is enjoying a stellar breakthrough season, and is the next in line should Walker or Trippier be ruled out – as proven the Liverpool defender being brought in to train with the senior squad this week.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek –
By persevering with Joe Hart, Adam Lallana and others, Southgate has proved that he values international form, so Loftus-Cheek cannot be discounted.
The 22-year-old delivered a virtuoso debut performance against Germany in November, notably featuring an audacious nutmeg on Leroy Sane that at least suggested he will not be fazed by the biggest stage.
Back to full fitness in a Crystal Palace side that brings the best out of its attacking players, Loftus-Cheek has the perfect opportunity between now and May to remind Southgate why he was selected in the first place.
Jake Livermore –
Having been in and out of a poor West Brom side in 2018, Livermore’s continued selection was rightly queried last week. However, Southgate’s response makes his price to make the World Cup an attractive one.
“In November we left him out and he was about to board a plane to go away and celebrate his birthday. He left the family at the airport and did really well against Brazil and Germany.
“That has to carry some weight when you are building the spirit and culture around your team. I know when I pick Jake it is going to get a certain sort of reaction.”
The midfielder has now been involved in Southgate’s last six squads. Given that he is probably the 23rd name on the sheet and unlikely to be involved anyway, that loyalty could well be decisive.
Ryan Sessegnon –
Southgate comes across as too much of a strategic thinker to chuck an uncapped 17-year-old (18 in May) into his World Cup squad, yet Sessegnon’s sensational form for Fulham means that his name will not go away.
He will soon be playing for one of the Premier League’s top six, and it’s clear to see why. He has scored 14 goals this season, despite only recently switching to the wing from left-back, and is incredibly quick and skilful.
Sessegnon will continue to be touted while Danny Rose struggles for playing time with Tottenham, although the teenager is more likely to feature prominently from the start of the next cycle in September.
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