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Clyne is a monster price to make England squad for World Cup

| 11.11.2013

Roy Hodgson’s appearance at St Mary’s for Southampton’s obliteration of Hull may have been to see three of his squad members for England’s friendly with Chile, but there is a real possibility that one or two others will have staked their claim for an 11th hour pass to the World Cup.

Adam Lallana, in particular, will have done his prospects of playing some part against Chile no harm with his goal and general all-round performance, while Rickie Lambert scored once and laid on two other assists.

This pair are 6/1 and 7/4 respectively to make the England World Cup squad, but it is another of their Southampton teammates that may offer the best value bet of the 141 players priced up to make the final 23.

Nathaniel Clyne is yet to gain full international recognition, but he has previously represented England at both under-19 and under-21 level.

Clyne is 25/1 to be named in the England squad and the main reason why this is a solid price is because of the lack of competition for his position.

Although the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones or James Milner could fill in, Hodgson should really be taking two recognised players for each position.

Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker will obviously travel if both are fit, but Clyne must surely be third in line for the right-back berth.

He has been a part of the Southampton defence that have conceded only five goals through their opening 11 Premier League games and has combined his defensive duties with an attacking thrust.

On the alternate flank, Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines are as certain as Johnson and Walker to be in the squad, but the third, fourth, fifth and sixth choice left-back options are far shorter prices than Clyne.

Kieran Gibbs is 4/1, Clyne’s fellow Saints full-back Luke Shaw is 8/1, Danny Rose is 10/1 and Ryan Bertrand is 16/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.