Which England Players Will Make The World Cup In Qatar?

Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff will have to make an England squad decision and select his first eleven for the opening game of the World Cup. The best betting sites have a range of markets on which players he will choose.

Which England Players Will Make The World Cup In Qatar?
Which England Players Will Make The World Cup In Qatar?

Gareth Southgate Decisions

  • Euro 2020 star Kalvin Phillips or up-and-coming Jude Bellingham?

  • Manchester United's Harry Maguire or Arsenal's Ben White?

  • Is Jack Grealish good enough defensively to start against Iran?

Gareth Southgate

England Manager Gareth Southgate

England Opening Match.

Hopes are high that England can win the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the three lions are currently priced between 5/1 and 7/1 with the best betting sites.

Ahead of Gareth Southgate's side in the World Cup betting market are Brazil and France. 

The manager has some tough choices to make both with the makeup of his World Cup squad + which players he starts in the opening game, which is scheduled for the 21st of November against Iran. 

The bookmakers have created a market on which players will make the opening 11, the odds favour the following players. 

Now of course poor form or injury can affect players inclusion, the key to finding a value player bet is really which players from which teams are going to step up and catch the manager's eye. 

Favourite 11 For Opening Game
Jordan Pickford
John Stones
Harry Maguire
Luke Shaw
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Declan Rice
Mason Mount
Jude Bellingham
Harry Kane
Phil Foden
Raheem Sterling

Are England a good bet at 7/1 to win the World Cup?

65% of OLBG members thought England were not a good bet at the odds to win the World Cup.

England Goalkeeper To Start In The Opening Match

Goalkeepers Odds
Jordan Pickford 1.57
Aaron Ramsdale 2.88
Nick Pope 6
Sam Johnstone 17
Dean Henderson 21
  • Jordan Pickford is in pole position and seems to be trusted by the manager. 
  • Burnley have had a poor season but without Nick Pope, it may well have been worse. 
  • Aaron Ramsdale is the wild card, after being relegated with Sheffield United he has bounced back with a string of memorable saves for his new club Arsenal. 


Pickford, Pope, or Ramsdale to be England Keeper?

Over 50% of OLBG members voted for the Everton keeper Jordan Pickford to start against Iran.

England Defenders To Start In The Opening Match

Defenders Odds
John Stones 1.3
Harry Maguire 1.44
Luke Shaw 1.8
Trent Alexander-Arnold 2
Reece James 2.25
Ben White 3.25
Kyle Walker 3.5
Ben Chilwell 3.75
Tyrick Mitchell 8
Kieran Trippier 8.5
Tyrone Mings 11
Marc Guehi 13
Conor Coady 13
Fikayo Tomori 15
Dan Burn 17
Eric Dier 21
Ben Godfrey 34
Rob Holding 34
Joe Gomez 34
Tino Livramento 34
Tariq Lamptey 34
Matt Targett 41
Max Aarons 41
Ezri Konsa 41
Adam Webster 41
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 51
Michael Keane 51
Aaron Cresswell 101
James Tarkowski 101
Craig Dawson 101
Phil Jones 101
  • The form of Harry Maguire could be a consideration for Gareth Southgate, he supported him when sections of the Wembley crowd booed the 29-year-old Manchester United defender.
  • The replacement for Maguire would be Ben White or Tyrone Mings but they are not as experienced at the top level. 
  • The fullbacks starting the 1st game are likely to be Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luke Shaw if we are to believe the odds on offer.  

England Midfielders To Start In The Opening Match

Midfielders Odds
Declan Rice 1.3
Mason Mount 1.57
Jude Bellingham 2.1
Kalvin Phillips 2.2
Emile Smith Rowe 5
Conor Gallagher 6
James Ward-Prowse 15
Jesse Lingard 17
Harvey Elliott 21
James Maddison 26
Curtis Jones 26
Oliver Skipp 26
Joe Willock 34
Harry Winks 41
Dwight McNeil 41
Dele Alli 51
Nathaniel Chalobah 81
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 81
  • A choice between Kalvin Phillips who did so well at Euro 2022 and Jude Bellingham whose star has risen with some impressive displays for England.
  • Rice and Mount are both odds on to start the game against Iran.

England Attackers To Start The Opening Match

Forwards Odds
Harry Kane 1.22
Phil Foden 1.73
Raheem Sterling 1.8
Jack Grealish 2.5
Bukayo Saka 3.25
Jadon Sancho 7.5
Jarrod Bowen 7.5
Marcus Rashford 10
Ollie Watkins 13
Tammy Abraham 21
Callum Hudson-Odoi 21
Dominic Calvert-Lewin 21
Harvey Barnes 26
Patrick Bamford 34
Danny Ings 51
  • Harry Kane looks likely to be supported by Foden and Sterling,
  • If changes are needed if we struggle against Iran Grealish and Saka would dovetail perfectly.

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