Gareth Southgate has today called up the uncapped trio of Tommy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil this month.
That has seen Abraham's odds shorten from 9/1 to a worst price 7/2 to be on the plane to Russia with England in June. Southgate's naming of his latest squad is a just reward for the yound striker, who has been in good form scoring five goals in 13 appearances during his current loan spell with Swansea this season.
The other uncapped players, Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have also seen a drop in their odds, with the Liverpool man shortening from 7/1 to 3/1. Given his status in the English game and the current derth of available central midfielders, Loftus-Cheek was seen as more likely to be playing for England at the World Cup with odds of 5/1, which have now dropped to 4/1 this lunchtime.
Ashley Young, while not a debutant, is also a surprise inclusion in the squad given that he hasn't played for the national team since 2013. His good form this season has persuaded Sotuhgate to bring him back into the fold though and his chances to make the World Cup squad have improved considerably, with his odds going from 8/1 to 5/1.
Notable absentees from the squad are Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Wilshere and Smalling, who have all seen their odds lengthen to be selected for the World Cup as a result.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek: "Gareth Southgate was England U21 manager for a long time and he has turned to some of his former players for the upcoming friendlies. Given that Jack Wilshere, who has been left out of the squad, is still 7/4, the 7/2 available on Abraham looks a cracking price."