Three Value Bets To Make England’s 2022 World Cup Squad
Author: Dean Carr
Last Updated: 27th April 2023
The international break is often met by an audible sigh from most Premier League fans and we have yet another one on our hands. Fear not, this is the last one of the calendar year as England face two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.
The Three Lions can guarantee their place at the 2022 World Cup by taking four points from their two matches, something most would expect them to routinely complete, as they look to build on their performance at Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate’s squad selection is always a hot topic of discussion and there are a number of football betting sites that allow you to place wagers on who you believe will be in the England squad for major tournaments.
Just 12 months away from the World Cup in Qatar, we have taken a look at some of the odds currently on offer for players to make England’s final squad and picked out three of the most valuable selections on offer.
FIFA are yet to confirm whether teams will be required to select the standard 23-man squad or if they will follow UEFA in allowing a 26-man squad, a decision which could make now the most valuable time possible to bet on this particular market. Expect odds to decrease if FIFA do make the decision to allow a 26-man squad due to the recent fixture congestion across the last few seasons.
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Emile Smith Rowe – 2/1
The first of our three selections is Arsenal attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, who this week was called up to the senior squad for the first time after Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and James Ward Prowse all didn’t report for international duty.
Smith Rowe has been the Gunners’ standout player this season having scored in each of his last three appearances in the Premier League. The 21-year-old will be hoping to earn his first cap this week but is competing in a congested position in the squad that can be occupied by the likes of Mount, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and club teammate Bukayo Saka.
Still, if Smith Rowe continues to develop and improve at his current trajectory it will be impossible for Southgate to ignore his talents.
Joe Gomez – 11/4
There has been plenty of back and forth between Southgate and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over recent weeks, much of which is associated with his decision not to include Joe Gomez in his most recent England squad.
Gomez, who has been capped 11 times for his country, missed last summer’s European Championships after suffering a serious knee injury whilst away on international duty in November 2020. He has played seven times for Liverpool in all competitions this season but is yet to establish himself in their Premier League side, where he has played just twice and started once.
When fully fit, there is no doubt that Gomez is one of England’s four best centre-back options and there aren’t too many that would select Tyrone Mings or Conor Coady over the Liverpool man. 11/4 looks a very good price as of right now given the quality of the player and the options that he will likely be competing against come the World Cup next year.
Tammy Abraham – 3/1
Tammy Abraham has earned his second successive call-up to the England squad after enjoying a positive start to his stint in Italy with Roma. Abraham came from the bench to score his second England goal against Andorra in the previous international break too, as he looks to apply pressure to the out-of-form captain Harry Kane.
Abraham will likely be competing with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins and Mason Greenwood for the role of back-up striker to Kane and Southgate has shown he will not neglect players operating outside of the Premier League.
Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho, Kieran Trippier and Fikayo Tomori have all been called up to the England squad whilst playing in Europe. Should Abraham’s positive start in Italy continue, he will have every chance of earning his place on the plane to Qatar.
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