Bookies appear unclear as to who will be in Southgate's 23-man squad

Bookies appear unclear as to who will be in Southgate's 23-man squad

There has been some interesting movement on certain England defenders to make the 23-man squad for Russia.

James Tarkowski was the surprise selection from Gareth Southgate and since he announced the side for the upcoming friendlies, 20% of all bets have been placed on the 25-year-old being included for the World Cup finals.

It pays to shop around as there is a big gulf in the prices being offered - bet365 have the Burnley defender priced up at 10/11, whilst Paddy Power are best priced at a massive 5/1.

Chris Smalling was not selected for the upcoming matches despite 22 appearances for Man United this season. The inclusion of Tarkowski and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson has seen bet365 stretch their odds on Smalling’s inclusion to 6/1.

However, Betfair still think a spot is likely and they are just evens that the centre-half, who has been capped 31 times, will be on the plane to Russia.

Gary Cahill has also failed to make Southgate’s latest squad, a man who has proven to be a key figure for England in recent years, including playing a vital role in their unbeaten qualification campaign.

However, the 32-year-old, who has 58 caps, has recently had to take a backseat. Bookies appear to be very split with their opinion, as Betfair and Paddy Power have him already packing his toiletries and have priced him at 1/9, whilst bet365 are pricing Cahill to Russia at a much bigger 11/8.

Other value picks could be Fabian Delph (4/1 with bet365, 5/4 with Betfair), Ashley Young (11/8 with bet365, 2/5 with Bet Victor) and Harry Winks (9/2 with bet365, 5/4 with Betfair).

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