Conor Coady is still a best price 5/2 to make the England squad for the World Cup 2022 despite being a virtual ever present since September 2020.
The Wolves captain, 29, has been something of a late developer in terms of football at the very highest level but has been a popular pick for Gareth Southgate for more than 18 months now.
He received his first call up to the senior squad in August 2020, starting in central defence against Denmark on 8th September. In doing so, he became the first Wolves player to start for England since Steve Bull way back in 1990.
Since that August 2020 squad announcement, there have been 10 further squads selected by Southgate and Coady has made all 10 of them.
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On one of those 10 occasions he was forced to exit early with Covid but he has still collected nine caps across nine active camps including Euro 2020, scoring against Wales on his second cap.
Coady (best price 5/2) started the game against Switzerland at the weekend - a match featuring more of Southgate's favoured XI than you will likely see tonight against Ivory Coast.
Tyrone Mings (11/8 to make the squad) is expected to start tonight next to the out of form Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, suggesting Coady is now behind only John Stones as a definite pick – with Maguire, Coady and Ben White jostling for position alongside him.
Given that Maguire - despite his recent troubles - is still as short as 1/10 and Arsenal’s White 1/2, Coady is where the betting value lies, particularly given Southgate’s preference for playing three centre backs against better opposition.
Marc Guehi emerged as another outsider with a strong debut against Switzerland (11/4), while Coady’s clubmate Max Kilman is 3/1 and Everton’s twice-capped Ben Godfrey 6/1.