England vs Iran Starting 11 Odds: Maguire most vulnerable odds on pick for World Cup opener

England vs Iran Starting 11 Odds: Maguire most vulnerable odds on pick for World Cup opener

We've put together England's starting 11 for their World Cup opener against Iran based on the bookmaker odds. Is Harry Maguire the likeliest to miss out?

Jordan Pickford – 1/7

The 28-year-old Everton goalkeeper has been Gareth Southgate's first choice goalkeeper since 2018 and is by far the most experienced option available to the England boss with 45 caps. He is currently sidelined with a thigh injury but is expected to return soon after the international break. Pickford was 3/10 before the Germany match, but a blunder by understudy Nick Pope has seen his price shorten further into 1/7.

Kyle Walker – 8/15

Another mainstay of the England team in recent years, Walker collected his 70th cap against Germany last. The 32-year-old has been the 'go to' right sided centre-back in Southgate's preferred three-man defensive system but was left out from the start against Germany – which probably explains his price stretching from 4/11 before kick-off to a best price 8/15


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John Stones – 1/9

Suspended for the 1-0 defeat in Italy, Manchester City's Stones returned to the lineup against Germany and looked certain to start the opener against Iran – most likely in the middle of a back three, if not alongside Harry Maguire in a two. A hamstring injury is worth keeping an eye on.

Harry Maguire – 4/7

Speaking of Maguire, the much debated Manchester United man still appears a likely inclusion in Southgate's World Cup XI despite losing his club place to summer signing Lisandro Martinez. The 48-cap 29-year-old was 1/8 to start against Iran before last night, but a couple of errors have seen his odds lengthen to a best price 4/7.

Reece James – 3/10

Before kick-off last night, Reece James was among the longest price of our favourite to start XI at 4/6 but after another 90 minutes under his belt he is into 3/10. At Euro 2020, James only started one match - the 0-0 group stage draw with Scotland. He is more established now, however, and has been deployed as a right wing back, left wing back and right centre back by Southgate.

Declan Rice – 1/25

The second most secure starter according to the bookmaker odds is West Ham holding midfielder Declan Rice. The 23-year-old has racked up 34 caps since March 2019 and played a huge role in England’s run to the final of Euro 2020 alongside Kalvin Phillips.

Jude Bellingham – 1/12

A surprisingly short price given Southgate’s initial reluctance to blood the Dortmund teenager, but Bellingham now appears to be winning the race to replace injury-prone Phillips in midfield. Another strong performance last night saw him come in from 2/9 to 1/12 to start the game. Phillips, himself, can be backed at 11/4 – one to watch but consider that he has played just a single minute across Manchester City’s seven Premier League matches so far.

Luke Shaw – 4/9

The biggest market mover from last night’s game is Luke Shaw, in from odds against to 4/9 to start the game against Iran. A scorer last night, as he was in the Euro 2020 final, it had been rumoured that Shaw would miss out on Southgate's latest Nations League squad. The 27-year-old left back has been left out of Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United starting XI in each of the last four games after being hauled off at half time in the 4-0 hammering by Brentford.

Phil Foden – 4/11

After Maguire, Foden is arguably the most vulnerable looking pick in the favourite XI, particularly at that price (4/11). Foden has been in and out of the XI, notably starting just once at Euro 2020 against Croatia despite scoring 16 times for Manchester City in the season leading up to the tournament. 

He was arguably England’s brightest player against Italy, but England improved once he was substituted against Italy. Mason Mount, out from 4/9 to 11/10 after a goalscoring cameo last night, could still be the value bet for England’s front three.

Raheem Sterling – 8/15

If there are doubts over the prospects for Foden, the starting spot for Sterling seems all but nailed on. A talisman for England at the Euros with three goals, Chelsea’s summer signing has become a man for the big occasion - all but one of the 19 goals he has scored for the Three Lions have come in competitive fixtures. One thing to note is Sterling did stretch from 2/9 to 8/15 after last night’s game, owing more to the impact of Mount and Bukayo Saka than his own performance.

Harry Kane – 1/50

The most secure starter according to the bookmaker odds is, perhaps inevitably, the captain. Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup and finished just one behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick as the Euro 2020 top goalscorers. The 29-year-old, capped for the 75th time last night, now needs just two more goals to match Wayne Rooney’s England record of 53.