Who should be on England’s plane to Russia?

Who should be on England’s plane to Russia?

With the World Cup on the horizon this summer, there’s plenty of discussion going on as to who should be awarded with a seat on the plane to Russia. Although England qualified with relative ease in the pre-tournament qualifiers, the performances were below the expectation to say the least, and will need a major improvement if England have any serious ambition of challenging at Russia next summer.

Who deserves to make the cut and get on the plane to Russia? With the performances below par in the qualifying maybe a little inspiration is needed within the squad and take a gamble on a player who may provide the winning formula for the three lions this summer.

We’ve assessed the odds and highlighted 3 potential outsiders who could force their way into Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad. All odds are with Sky Bet.


Jack Wilshere

Once the country’s golden boy, Jack Wilshere is currently finding game time difficult to come by at Arsenal. However at the age of 25, maybe it isn’t the end of the road for the midfielder who no doubt has the ability. Wilshere has been massively unlucky with injuries, the main reason for his halt in progressing his career.

Wilshere received high praise in his younger days from teammates and opponents, including Barcelona and Spain legend, Xavi. Who has been quoted saying ‘if he had a career that had been injury-free we would already be talking about him as one of the top central midfield players in Europe, I have played against him, I have watched him carefully, and if he can overcome injuries, then he can still go on an be one of the best midfield players in the world.’

Although Wilshere has been away from the international scene in the recent years, there was a stage when Wilshere was considered a guaranteed starter and in 2015, he went through a consistent period of his career where he was named Man of the Match for England in 6 out of 7 games he played in.

The 25-year-old is currently priced at 4/1 with Sky Bet to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament. It is clear that Wilshere has the ability, and has the experience on the international stage and if the midfielder can start to get more minutes on the pitch for Arsenal, then maybe a fully-fit Jack Wilshere could be the inspiration England are crying out for.


Andy Carroll

With England pinning their hopes on Harry Kane to be the one to lead the country to glory this summer, there doesn’t seem to be much of a ‘Plan B’ as it stands. A potential solution to the problem could be West Ham striker Andy Carroll. The big man has had a torrid few seasons with injury and as a result has become an outcast for the English national side. Carroll has currently been restricted to just 9 international appearances, scoring 2 goals in the process. The first coming against Ghana in a friendly, and his second against Sweden, where Carroll opened the scoring for England in a 3-2 win at Euro 2012.

After England’s uninspiring recent performances, talk of Carroll’s potential involvement has surfaced again with the 28-year-old stating; “All I have got to do is work hard and hopefully get the call but, at the minute, I am focused on getting fully fit here, scoring goals, and getting good results. If I deserve it, hopefully I will get the call.”

“I am feeling good,” he said. “I am feeling a lot sharper than I did at the beginning of the season, getting back fit. I have had a run of games. In training, I feel a lot sharper, not 100 per cent yet but I am getting there.”

If Carroll can start playing and performing regularly for West Ham and the striker can reach the level of performances he was putting in for Newcastle in the earlier stages of his Premier League career, then he could prove to be a useful weapon for England this summer.

Carroll is currently priced at 10/1 with Sky Bet to make the England World Cup squad.


Nathaniel Chalobah

After being highly-rated whilst at Chelsea, Nathaniel Chalobah was always facing the struggle of trying to break into a first team full of world-class individuals. After spending 12 years at Chelsea, and experiencing 6 different loan spells, the time came this summer for Chalobah to leave Chelsea and join Watford where he could play week in week out in the Premier League.

“I had been on a few loans and back and forth. I was never really settled and for me it was more a case of trying to find somewhere to be really settled and try to find somewhere to call home and I was finding it difficult to do that at Chelsea even though I was there for the whole season, and played a few games. So for me it was a hard decision, not easy, had to put a lot of things into consideration, but now I can say that it was a good decision.”

Chalobah made an impressive start to the season making 5 appearances for Watford before suffering a knee injury. As a result of his impressive start, Chalobah received a call-up to the England first team in August 2017, but he did not manage to earn his first cap for Gareth Southgate’s side. Chalobah is still currently injured but is expected back from injury well before the new year. If the technically gifted midfielder can pick up where he left off before he got injured, he could be a serious contender to make the plane for Russia.

Chalobah is currently priced 4/1 with Sky Bet to make the World Cup squad, after already getting a look in this season, there’s a big chance Chalobah could once again be called up into the international fold.