Odds slashed on Callum Wilson making the England World Cup squad

Odds slashed on Callum Wilson making the England World Cup squad

Wilson has scored seven in 13 Premier League games and could yet go to Russia

Striker Callum Wilson has been heavily backed to make the England squad for the next World Cup, following yet another goal in the Premier League.

Since his return from the second serious knee injury of his career, the 25-year-old has netted in seven Premier League games out of a possible 13.

Just yesterday, the Cherries' forward was as long as 16/1 to be called up to the senior squad for the major tournament.

However, after scoring against champions Chelsea, his odds have been slashed into just 9/2 to book his place on the plane to Russia.

When asked if Wilson should be considered by Gareth Southgate, the Bournemouth boss said: “He could be.

“I think Callum would need to score a lot of goals and have a really good back end of the season to put himself into contention.

“But, whenever I’m asked these questions I can never say no, I don’t think that’s right. The possibility is there for him to do that.

“I am really pleased with his return. I don’t think it can be underestimated how well he has done at this point.”

Wilson does face stiff competition in order to make the World Cup squad, with a host of strikers in the running ahead of him according to the bookies.

Harry Kane (1/20), Marcus Rashford (1/10), Jamie Vardy (1/6) and Danny Welbeck (6/4) are more likely to make Gareth Southgate’s final squad this summer.

However, the bookies’ thinking is not replicated by the punter, with Wilson proving the most popular player with 28% of bets to make the World Cup squad. 

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “Callum Wilson is certainly a player capturing the attention of the England faithful, after bagging four in his last eight games. 

“With vacancies tight in the striking positions due to Kane, Rashford and Vardy occupying three spaces, there’s realistically only one space left for Wilson to fill. 

“If the Cherries striker continues the run of form he’s on at the moment though, it’ll be hard to deny him a spot on the plane among England’s elite.”

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