| Who are you betting on to take England to World Cup
|Gareth Southgate has not been afraid
to ring the changes in Englands World Cup Qualifiers. With qualification
already assured, it provides an opportunity for him to look at some of the
fringe players, and the decision to start the Lithuania match with Stokes
Jack Butland in goal is the latest indicator that if England prosper in Russia,
it might be thanks to some names with which we are not all familiar.
Englands qualification journey has been a solid if unspectacular
one, and they have done everything they needed to do. Now is an ideal time to
take a look ahead at their chances of success and the players who might get an
opportunity to carve a name for themselves in the pages of sporting
More people than ever placing a bet
moved on apace since the 2014 world cup, and this year will see more people
visiting casino and betting sites to back their home team than ever before.
These days, casino sites like
offer live sports betting and casino apps that attract visitors from across the
globe, and appeal to both sports fans and those who usually prefer gambling on
the roulette wheel or slot machines.
But when the World Cup rolls
around, all eyes will be on the football, and more money will be wagered than
Germany are currently favourites to retain the title they
made their own in 2014, but many will see the 20/1 odds that are currently
being offered on England to lift the trophy as more than tempting. So on the
subject of outside shots, who are some of the peripheral players to look out
Butland is by no means an unknown, having
represented England through the age groups and appeared six times for the
senior team. His start against Lithuania mirrors his appearance against the
same opposition in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, again when Englands place
was already assured. On that occasion, he kept a clean sheet, but further
opportunities were restricted by a fractured ankle that kept him out of the
tournament proper. Now, with question marks over Joe Harts form, Butland
has a real opportunity to cement his place and make a name for himself.
It didnt seem so long ago that England had
an embarrassment of riches in the central defence, but now it is the one area
they will be looking to strengthen. This 23 year old from Hillingdon has
impressed since joining Swansea from Barnsley last year, and there were
connecting him with a move to Tottenham during the transfer window. He also has
a happy knack of scoring goals when you least expect it.
Those in the know have predicted great things for Derby-born
Lascelles, who is another player to have represented his country at youth
level. Rafa Benitez certainly
has faith in the young defender, and his appointment as
Newcastle captain at such a young age speaks volumes. His solid performances
for the Magpies will also have caught the eye of Southgate, and must be in with
a realistic shot at a seat on the plane to Russia next year.