England World Cup Squad Betting: Four outsiders who could be on the plane

Ashley Young of Manchester United
Ashley Young is an even money chance to make the final 23
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It's a little more than two months we'll found out who has a seat on the plane to Russia as part of England's World cup squad. Jamie Pacheco has found a quartet of outsiders who could squeeze their way into the final 23...

"But there’s something to be said for taking a gamble in football. Cast your minds back to Euro 96 and how Terry Venables put his faith in an overweight, bleach-blond Gazza who had drunk his way through half of Hong Kong’s bars in the build up to the tournament – he wasn’t the only one by the way – by starting the then Rangers midfielder and watching him become one of the players of the tournament."

Fabien Delph (5/4) - Versatility makes City man a tempter

It was November 2015 when Delph last started for England. At the time he was the boss of Aston Villa's midfield and the club captain. But his career sharply headed south after that move as he found - like many before him - that it's very rare for an English player to be a guaranteed starter at Manchester City these days.

But a bad injury to Benjamin Mendy later and all of a sudden he was playing game after game at left-back or occasionally wing back. A sending off at Wigan for a rash tackle and a few niggles have seen him lose his place recently but it's still been an excellent season for him.

There's no need to pack your squad with too many versatile players of course but his assets - strength, good tackling and solid passing - could provide Southgate with a good option off the bench if he needs some 'oomph' in the heart of midfield, as well as another option anywhere on the left flank.

Ashley Young (Evens) - Experience in United man's favour

Ok, Young is evens to make the England squad and by definition isn't therefore an outsider. But we'll make an exception here (it's the only one, promise).

The Manchester United man ticks most of the boxes you'd want from someone in a World Cup squad. He's played lots of games this season, is experienced and very tactically disciplined. Say what you like about Jose Mourinho but at least he coaches players to know their roles and where to be positioned. And you can't say that about most English players.

But there's a further reason why taking Young is a good idea. His days a goalscoring winger may be behind him but he's just as comfortable playing at left-back as he is right-back (or wing-back should Gareth Southgate choose to go that way). If he takes the former Aston Villa man he can have him deputise on either flank, thus freeing up an extra spot in the squad, and Young is in the England squad for the upcoming friendlies.

Jonjo Shelvey (9/2) - Newcastle midfielder can bring spice to squad

The only person stopping Jonjo Shelvey from being a top-class Premier League all-round midfielder (or a number 8 as they're called these days) is... Jonjo Shelvey.

He probably made the right move in leaving Liverpool for more game time but has neither made the most of his chances at Swansea or Newcastle. You always feel he's a hospital pass or a rash tackle away from leaving his team in strife. He's been sent off twice this season already.

But there's something to be said for taking a gamble in football. Cast your minds back to Euro 96 and how Terry Venables put his faith in an overweight, bleach-blond Gazza who had drank his way through half of Hong Kong's bars in the build up to the tournament - he wasn't the only one by the way - by starting the then Rangers man and watched him become one of the players of the tournament.

I'm not suggesting for a second that Shelvey is in the same class as Gazza but there's something unpredictable and enigmatic about the Newcastle man and he could add a little spice to a rather bland-looking England midfield.

Michail Antonio (50/1) - Old school winger adds something different to England mix

It's the 70th minute of the game, it's 1-1 and England are bringing off a jaded-looking Dele Alli/Raheem Sterling. On comes a beast of a man; 6ft tall, 82kilos of pure muscle, huge upper body strength. When he barges into you, you know you've been hit. Not much fun for any defender, especially when you're a little knackered.

Add in a burst of pace and excellent heading ability and it adds something a little different - there's that word again - to what you already have.

And that's Michail Antonio in a nutshell. In many ways he's rather old-school. These days it's all tiki-taka, right-footed wingers playing on the left and creating angles in between the lines. You get the sense the West Ham man goes out and says 'to hell with all that, physical attributes will never stop being important in this game.'

Whether it's as a right winger running in straight lines or as a target man to flick on balls or leap high at the far post, he certainly offers England an option.

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