Joe Flanagan trimmed to 3/1 to make England World Cup Squad
Liverpool full back Joe Flanagan has had his odds trimmed over the last week to be on the plane to Brazil 2014 with England. Boss Roy Hodgson said that the form of players of the last three or four games of a domestic season wouldn’t influence who he hands a spot in the World Cup spot too, an injury concern to Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has left a potential spot open at right back cover.
Joe Flanagan was a big market mover, having odds on him making the plane to Brazil cut heavily from 7/1 to 3/1. This followed comments from Roy Hodgson, relating to Walker’s fitness.
He said: “We haven’t been told for certain that he will be out for the next six to ten weeks but we are concerned.
“I know he has had another injection. We are waiting to find out whether that helps. He has not been fit for a long time.”
Walker hasn’t played a competitive game for his club since back in March, but current Spurs boss tim Sherwood has suggested that he could still be on his way to Brazil. Walker’s pelvic injury was picked up in 3-1 Europa League defeat against Benfica almost two month ago, and could miss the end of the domestic season.
Sherwood said: “At the moment there’s been no definite decision from my side whether he’ll play for Tottenham before the end of the season and from Roy whether he’s on that plane to Brazil.
“If he’s clinically fit enough to play I think Kyle’s fit enough to get himself to a level between now and the start of that World Cup.
“He’d have a few games to prepare. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.”
The other significant mover in the race for a back up place at right back in the squad is Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne, who was trimmed heavily in from 25/1 to 10/1 at online betting site Bet365 to be selected by Hodgson for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Hodgson will name his provisional 23 man squad on May 12th, ahead of three international friendly matches that the Three Lions will undertake as a warm up to the FIFA World Cup.
The Three Lions host Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30, before travelling to Miami to face Ecuador and Honduras in early June.
The Three Lions kick off their World Cup 2014 campaign against Italy in Manaus on June 14, five days before they take on Uruguay in Sao Paulo. Their final Group D game is in Belo Horizonte on June 24, when Costa Rica are the opposition.