England World Cup Squad: Market Movers

England World Cup Squad: Market Movers

With the World Cup fast approaching, we have had a look at the players whose form has changed the most over the course of the season, giving them an outside chance of making the final squad for Russia. We have picked out 3 players that have all excelled expectations in terms of performance this season, and are now performing consistently week in-week out in the Premier League.

James Tarkowski

After the pre-season sale of Michael Keane, it looked as though staying in the Premier League for a second consecutive season would prove to be a tough task for Burnley and Sean Dyche. Tarkowski made his first Premier League start for Burnley towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign, in a 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace. The defender went on to start the remaining 3 games of the season, preparing himself for a regular first-team role in the proceeding campaign. Tarkowski and Burnley got off to a flyer with the centre back playing a major part in Burnley’s success. From early season odds of 33/1 to make the England World Cup squad, Tarkowski is now as short as 10/11 with SkyBet to make the squad.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek

After impressing in England’s friendly with Germany in November, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was tipped to be the shining light for England in Russia this summer. The midfielder put in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance in the goalless draw at Wembley at the back end of last year. However, Loftus-Cheek suffered an injury in the Arsenal match in late December and didn’t make another first team appearance until the Eagles won 2-0 away at Huddersfield, where Loftus-Cheek came off the bench to mark his return from injury. The midfielder has been a key player since he got his first start following injury in Palace’s away trip to Bournemouth in April. From early season odds of 16/1, Loftus-Cheek is now into 4/6 with SkyBet to make the final squad for Russia.

Two up, Two down

Nick Pope

With a long-term injury to Burnley’s number one Tom Heaton, rookie goalkeeper Nick Pope was called upon to play the majority of Burnley’s 2017/18 campaign. The young goalkeeper made his Premier League debut in Burnley’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the start of September. With it looking nailed on that Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland will be going to Russia, there is uncertainty as to who the third choice will be with Joe Hart in the frame due to his experience. Out of the 4 goalkeepers, Pope has kept the most clean sheets with 12 and the Burnley stopper also has the second highest save percentage in the league with 79.1%. Pope’s early season odds were as high as 28/1, with the keeper now priced at 6/4 with SkyBet to be on the plane to Russia.