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Who are you betting on to take England to World Cup glory?

Gareth Southgate has not been afraid to ring the changes in England’s 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 Stoke’s 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.

England’s 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 history.

More people than ever placing a bet
Technology has 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 ever before.

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 for?

Jack Butland
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 England’s 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 Hart’s form, Butland has a real opportunity to cement his place and make a name for himself.

Alfie Mawson
It didn’t 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 rumours 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.

Jamaal Lascelles
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.
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