Gareth Southgate has unveiled his 23-man squad for the World Cup, with places for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Danny Welbeck and Gary Cahill, while Ryan Bertrand and Jack Wilshere miss out...
"The only surprise was the call-up of Gary Cahill, who has been in and out of the Chelsea side this season after some indifferent form and was even money to make the squad on Tuesday."
Young Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold - backed as high as 12/1 to make the squad - has been rewarded for a strong end to the season at Anfield - and is the main beneficiary of Southgate's intended switch to a back three, with Kyle Walker now expected to play as a central defender.
The opposite wing-back slot looks set to be filled by Tottenham's Danny Rose, with cover provided by utility men Ashley Young and Fabian Delph. Southampton's Ryan Bertrand - who was trading at 1/4 to make the squad as late as Tuesday - can count himself unlucky after a good season at St Mary's.
The remaining central defensive berths will be taken, as expected, by John Stones and Harry Maguire with the only surprise the call-up of Gary Cahill, who has been in and out of the Chelsea side this season after some indifferent form and was even money to make the squad on Tuesday (as high as 7/4 earlier).
In midfield, Jack Wilshere misses out as was widely trailed on Tuesday, while Chelsea's Ruben Loftus Cheek makes the cut after an excellent end of the season at loan club Crystal Palace, rewarding those who backed him at 5/1. The squad announcement came a touch too early for Adam Lallana, who has generally been a good performer for England but simply hasn't had enough game time.
The forward four pretty much named themselves although some canny punters were able to get as big as 11/4 on Arsenal's Danny Welbeck just after he returned from long-term injury.
England are currently seventh favourites to win in Russia, trading at [19.0]. They open their campaign against Tunisia on Monday June 18, and are warm favourites at [1.36] to take all three points.