Lampard slashed to make WC trip

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 7 2013, 10:01 GMT

Frank Lampard has been slashed from 9/2 to 6/4 to make England's 2014 World Cup squad in the wake of victory over Brazil.

Frank Lampard celebrates his winner against Brazil
Frank Lampard celebrates his winner against Brazil

The midfielder volleyed home England's winning goal in the second half on Wednesday night to give the Three Lions a 2-1 win over the hosts of next summer's finals.

Sky Bet duly went back up with their 'to make the squad' prices - it will be money back if England do not qualify.

With question marks surrounding Lampard's future, they initially had the 34-year-old up at 9/2. He is set to leave Chelsea in the summer and a move to the American Major League Soccer has been mooted - one which could damage his chances of playing at Brazil 2014.

However, William Hill took the opposite view and had Lampard, who will turn 36 during the finals, odds-on at 2/5 to be on the plane to South America.

Sky Bet were soon into 6/4 but that still meant an arb existed with Lampard offered by Hill's at 7/4 not to make the squad.

Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly said: "It seems as though every time Frank takes to the pitch at the moment, he scores and while Chelsea may not want him, England certainly seem to have a place for him in their squad over the coming 18 months."

Phil Jagielka is another who stands out as a big price - the Everton defender is 13/8 with Sky Bet to make the final 23-man cut despite being a regular in the squad under Roy Hodgson.

In total, the Leeds-based firm have 22 players rated odds-on chances to go to Brazil.

Keeper Joe Hart is rated most likely to make the trip, he's 1/66. Of the outfield players, Wayne Rooney, who also scored against the Brazilians, is most likely to go. He's a 1/50 shot.

On Sky Bet's prices, the following men would make the squad:

Hart, Butland, Carson, Cole, Baines, Gibbs, Walker, Johnson, Smalling, Jones, Cahill, Lescott, Richards or Cleverley, Wilshere, Gerrard, Carrick, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Young, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge

The biggest area of doubt would appear to be the forward line with only three out-and-out strikers in the above 'squad'.

While Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling could all play up front, it is interesting to see Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll are both rated 6/4 chances to make the squad.

Meanwhile, Stan James trimmed England to 16/1 to win the World Cup after their 2-1 victory.

The Gibraltar-based firm clipped them in a couple of points from 18/1 for World Cup glory in 2014. Betfred, totesport and YouWin all go 22/1.

Brazil remain the 7/2 favourites ahead of Argentina and holders Spain (both 11/2).

Republic of Ireland are the favourites of the other British and Irish sides to join 1/8 England in qualifying for Brazil 2014.

They're a best of 5/1 with Sky Bet to make after their 2-0 friendly win over Poland, with Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan netting the goals.

Scotland are 50/1 chances (Coral) to qualify after opening Gordon Strachan's tenure as manager with a 1-0 friendly victory over Estonia.

Charlie Mulgrew scored the only goal in Aberdeen to give the Scots some optimism ahead of their next two qualifiers against Wales and Serbia next month.

Chris Coleman's men are also 50s (bet365) to qualify after they too won, 2-1 against Austria. Gareth Bale continued his sensational recent form with a goal and an assist.

Northern Ireland are the rank outsiders of the Home Nations to qualify - they're 66/1 shots (Coral) with Michael O'Neill still awaiting his first victory as manager following a 0-0 draw with Malta.