2018 World Cup Betting: Five outsiders who deserve to make England’s World Cup squad
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is fast approaching and all eyes will soon be on Gareth Southgate, as he prepares to name his final England squad for the tournament.
There have been plenty of star performers in the Premier League throughout an exciting 2017/18 campaign in the English top-flight, with many stand-out players putting themselves in the fold.
Of course, the likes of Tottenham hitman Harry Kane and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling are sure to grace the set-up, but there are others on the fringe that have seemingly earned the right to be on the plane to Russia this summer.
So, here are five outside names who could possibly secure a spot in Southgate’s squad after solid domestic campaigns in the Premier League this past season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Odds of making the 2018 World Cup squad: 4/1 with BetVictor
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Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a truly brilliant season under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, having risen to prominence with shining performances that go well beyond his years.
The 19-year-old has performed gallantly and has been trusted in the big games, having been one of the key players in that famous Champions League quarter-final victory over Premier League rivals Manchester City.
Alexander-Arnold is still very young but could provide a great deal of pace, defensive assurance and creativity down the right flank for the Three Lions, if Soouthgate fancies calling up the promising Reds starlet.
Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
Odds of making the 2018 World Cup squad: 11/4 with Betway
A strong surge of results under Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United, along with some solid displays in the heart of the Toon midfield, have helped propel Jonjo Shelvey into the England squad conversation.
The Magpies creator could be seen as an effective replacement for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who is struggling for form and fitness once again ahead of the tournament. Although, the Newcastle man’s temperament is something that could be a worry in the big games.
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Odds of making the 2018 World Cup squad: 7/4 with BetVictor
It looked as if Danny Welbeck was set to be having the summer off, after such a slow and unpromising start to the season at the Emirates.
Goals were hard to come by for the former Manchester United forward, but his end of season surge in front of the net for a stuttering Gunners side has seen him boost his chances massively of going to Russia.
Welbeck has been one of the stand out performances for Arsene Wenger’s London outfit, but they have struggled immensely in all competitions. That’s not all Welbeck’s fault, though, as he continues to showcase form which could come in handy for England this summer.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Odds of making the 2018 World Cup squad: 8/11 with Paddy Power
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Following many strong high-profile performances for Southampton in the top-fight, Ryan Bertrand is looking more and more likely of taking to Russia with the rest of the England squad.
Tottenham full back Danny Rose is seemingly the first choice at the left side of Southgate’s rearguard, but the Saints defender has put in a solid argument to rival his compatriot for that starting spot on Russian territory.
Man Utd’s Ashley Young is the only other real competition at left back, but he tailed off the backend of the domestic season, leaving the door wide open for Bertrand to arrive on the scene with the Three Lions.
Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Odds of making the 2018 World Cup squad: 7/1 with Ladbrokes
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The form of Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon would undoubtedly be enough to warrant him a spot in England’s squad in Russia, if he was performing in the Premier League.
But the Cottagers winger has been busy shining brightly in The Championship, which may force Southgate to overlook him. He has the pace and direct approach needed if the Three Lions are going to break down teams at the World Cup.