Recently, one punter won a 50/1 bet on Fabian Delph making 20+ appearances for England. The bet was placed back in 2008 and they won £637.50 worth of winnings after the Manchester City man made his 20th appearance for the Three Lions in their Nations League third place play-off against Switzerland.
On the back of that bet, bookmaker Sky Bet have decided to re-open similar markets. They have opted to offer odds on some of England's brightest young talents making a certain amount of appearances throughout their respective careers, whether it be earning 10+, 20+ or 50+ caps.
We have taken a look at the players in question to see how likelythey are to have a career playing for the England national team according to betting odds.
Odds available on three Leeds United players' England futures
Three of the players available on this market currently play for Championship outfit Leeds United. Jack Clarke, Kalvin Phillips and Jamie Shackleton are all exciting young English talents and their odds to play a certain amount of times for the Three Lions are on offer.
According to the odds, it is Jack Clarke who is the most likely to play several times for his country. A price of 2/1 is available for the winger to make 10+ appearances for England, whilst he is 18/1 to play 20+ times. The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Elland Road, playing 24 times and producing a particularly impressive performance against Derby County.
Phillips' price is just longer than Clarke's, with odds of 5/2 available for him to win 10+ England caps and 20/1 for 20+. This may be because he is five years older than his teammate and therefore has less time to break into the Three Lions squad. As it stands he will be playing in the Championship with Leeds again next season, but there are rumours that he could move to a Premier League club and if he does and impresses, his chances of getting into the England squad will significantly improve.
As for Shackleton, he is a 3/1 shot to play 10 or more times for his country whilst it is 25/1 for him to make 20+ appearances. The one thing that could work in his favour however is Southgate's policy of bringing players through the ranks, ensuring that those who impress in the England youth teams have a pathway into the senior team. Shackleton is part of the England under-20 squad at the 2019 Toulon Tournament, which could be a benefit to his future hopes of playing in the first team.
Grealish, James and Foden more likely to become England regulars
Jack Grealish, Reece James and Phil Foden are the other three players available on the market, and it seems as though they are more likely to break into the England squad and play regularly than the Leeds United trio.
James has just completed a season-long loan at Wigan Athletic where he was very impressive, making 45 appearances in total for the Latics. He has represented England already at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level which should stand him in good stead and with it looking likely that Chelsea may include him in their first team squad next season, that could catapult him into contention.
James is 3/1 to make 20+ appearances for England's senior team which is significantly shorter than the three Leeds players' prices to win that many caps. You can also back him to win 50+ caps, which is 33/1.
Many think that Grealish has had a case to be involved with the England team this season following some brilliant performances for Aston Villa. However, despite playing plenty of times for the under-21's Southgate has said that for him to be considered for the seniors he must be playing Premier League football.
The 23-year-old will be doing just that next season after Villa won promotion through the play-offs, so the upcoming campaign will give the midfielder a chance to prove his worth at the top level. With England lacking a proper ball carrier and creative spark in midfield, there is certainly a vacancy which Grealish could fill. He is 2/1 to break into the team and win 20+ caps, whilst it is 28/1 for him to play more than 50 times.
Of all the players on the list, Foden is probably the player closest to getting a senior call-up. He has been learning from some of the best midfielders in the world whilst at Manchester City and he has been getting more and more game time under Pep Guardiola, making 26 appearances last season. He has also played 42 times for the Three Lions at youth level and was part of the team which won the U-17 World Cup in 2017, scoring twice in the final.
Foden's superior experience, undoubted potential and the fact that he plays for a top six club surely makes him close to being in the England squad, and that is reflected in the odds. Indeed he is odds-on at 1/2 to make 20+ appearances for the senior team, whilst he is just 9/1 to play 50 or more times.