England World Cup Squad 2018: Who Will Be Heading to Russia?
England manager Gareth Southgate looks set to announce his squad for the 2018 World Cup once the Premier League season has concluded on May 13th. FIFA’s deadline is June 4th but the Three Lions boss appears to have settled on his side as the build-up to the tournament in Russia continues.
The final 23-man squad will be released publicly once the top flight has finished and Southgate will be keeping his fingers crossed that all of his chosen players can make it through the final weekend unscathed. He’s already lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury with the midfielder damaging his knee against Roma at the end of April.
Jack Wilshire has had a decent season for Arsenal but the midfielder has picked up a couple of niggling injuries towards the end of the campaign and his place on the plane looks in doubt.
888Sport have an England Squad Selection market available ahead of the announcement with each player priced up on their chance of making it into Gareth Southgate’s plans. Gary Cahill’s late-season form at Chelsea looks to have increased his chances of getting the call and he is priced at 5/4. Joe Hart has had a disappointing season at the London Stadium but the keeper is priced at 7/25 to make the cut.
There have been a number of calls for Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make the squad following a number of eye-catching performances in a Crystal Palace shirt. He is 6/5 to make it. The midfielder must remain injury-free in order to stand any chance of travelling to Russia.
Other possible contenders are Nick Pope, who is priced at 6/4, Danny Welbeck, who is evens, and Ashley Young, who is available at 11/20.
Has Jonjo Shelvey Done Enough?
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has enjoyed an excellent season in Tyneside and there are many fans calling for the former Liverpool man to be considered by Gareth Southgate. His manager Rafa Benitez is in full agreement and has backed the 26-year old to have a huge impact on the tournament, if selected.
England’s central midfield is considered to be their weakest area and Shelvey’s combative style of play could benefit the Three Lions in Russia. He has previously played for the national team but his last appearance came all the way back in 2015.