The Betfair odds suggest Joe Hart, Gary Cahill, Jake Livermore and Danny Welbeck will be the big names to miss out on this summer's trip to Russia. Joe Dyer has the latest the day before Gareth Southgate names his 23-man squad.
"Alexander-Arnold is about to play a Champions League final and if the manager were to take a flyer it could well be the 19-year-old Scouser."
No spot for Hart
Joe Hart is set to miss out on the 2018 World Cup squad according to Betfair's latest odds with Gareth Southgate plumping for Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope. The on-loan West Ham stopper, who has 75 England caps, is 2/1 to be named in Gareth Southgate's squad on Wednesday with Butland and Pickford 1/50, and Pope 1/5
Southgate favouring youth in central defence
Others sweating on their places include veteran central defenders Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling, who at 4/5 and 7/4, are behind the 1/10 pair of John Stones and Harry Maguire, as well as 1/3 James Tarkowski. Even 4/7 Phil Jones is not certain of a place, with Eric Dier, a 1/20 sure-thing, providing cover in the centre of defence.
Only Butland and Pickford can be backed at a shorter price than 1/25 Kyle Walker who looks nailed-on to start whatever defensive formation Southgate plays. Former clubmates Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier, 1/7 and 1/10 to board the plane, look like joining Walker, although there may be doubts about Rose's inclusion given his battles with injuries this year. Other leftback options include 1/6 Ashley Young, a slightly shorter price than both 1/5 Fabian Delph and 1/4 Ryan Bertrand, due to his increased versatility, although the City man is known more as a midfielder.
Alexander-Arnold to cause a shock?
Liverpool sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold is now 4/5 following Southgate's recent experiment with Walker in central defence, while Ryan Sessegnon has been cut to 4/1 after his goalscoring exploits for Fulham in last night's 2-0 defeat of Derby County to make the playoff final. The odds suggest both will probably have to wait for Qatar 2022 for their first taste of World Cup football, but Alexander-Arnold is about to play a Champions League final and if the manager were to take a flyer it could well be the 19-year-old Scouser.
Midfield looks settled but risky Lallana may miss out
Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Dier and Raheem Sterling are all 1/20 to make the 23 and it's exceedingly hard to see Southgate not picking the quintet.
The odds suggest 1/3 Jack Wilshere and 1/4 Adam Lallana will get in, too, but the latter in particular has suffered terribly with injuries this season and would represent a real risk. Lallana has figured in 11 Liverpool matches this season, almost entirely off the bench, and has not played the full 90 minutes once.
Crystal Palace's Ruben Loftus Cheek has also has trouble with injuries this year but he has played well in Palace's last seven fixtures and looks like making the plane. The Player of the Tournament in England's 2016 Toulon Tournament victory impressed against Germany in a friendly this season and is 2/5 to make the plane.
Jonjo Shelvey has been talked of as a potential wildcard inclusion after a fine end to the season with Newcastle but odds of 4/1 suggest he won't make it. Similar comments apply to Jake Livermore, an 11/4 shot.
Kane, Vardy, Rashford all Russia bound but will Welbeck make it?
It's a surprise that Harry Kane can even be backed, let alone at 1/20, but that is what the Sportsbook are offering. You can take similarly short odds about Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford.
Danny Welbeck, an often injured but occasionally impressive performer and one who has shined for the Three Lions in past tournaments, is an even money chance to squeeze into the squad.