Barkley cut to make England squad

  • Last Updated: December 22 2013, 18:03 GMT

BetVictor cut Ross Barkley to 2/5 to make England's World Cup squad after he scored Everton's winner against Swansea on Sunday.

Ross Barkley: Odds-on to make England's World Cup squad
Ross Barkley: Odds-on to make England's World Cup squad

The young midfielder has blossomed under Roberto Martinez and it was his stunning free-kick which separated the sides after an enthralling 90 minutes.

Barkley is now odds-on to be named in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad with all firms quoting prices, while Sky Bet cut him to 11/2 from 8/1 to start England's first match against Italy.

Everton meanwhile move into the top four ahead of their Boxing Day clash with Sunderland at Goodison Park, and with games against Southampton, Stoke, Norwich and West Brom to follow, they've a fine chance of solidifying their position before a late-January trip to Anfield.

For now, they're just 11/4 for a top-four finish with William Hill and bet365, shorter than 4/1 chances Tottenham after they won a thrilling clash with Southampton thanks to Emanuel Adebayor's brace.

Spurs remain seventh in the top-four betting, an indication of the task ahead, but if they maintain away form which has now seen them secure 19 points from a possible 27 then they could well challenge for the Champions League spots.

The biggest impact their victory had, however, was on the betting for the next Spurs manager. Interim head coach Tim Sherwood saw his prospects enhanced drastically with the win according to the layers, who were unanimous in slashing his odds.

At 1800 GMT on Sunday, William Hill's 13/8 was the best available price. Their spokesman Joe Crilly said: "A victory against Southampton in a game that was always going to be tough should at least put Sherwood in the running for the job."

  • Posted at 1805 GMT on 22/12/2013.