Lallana cut to make Brazil trip

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: March 6 2014, 8:42 GMT

Adam Lallana was the player who did most to boost his World Cup hopes in England's 1-0 victory over Denmark, according to the bookies.

Adam Lallana (r): 6/1 to play against Italy
Adam Lallana (r): 6/1 to play against Italy

The Southampton star, a second-half substitute, set up England's winner, scored by Daniel Sturridge and generally impressed after replacing Jack Wilshere.

Sky Bet cut Lallana from 10/1 to 6/1 to start England's opening game in Brazil - against Italy in Manaus on June 14 - while they also trimmed his odds to make the 23-man squad from 1/2 to 2/5.

William Hill made a similar move, cutting Lallana from 5/6 to 1/2 in their 'to make the squad' market, leaving Betfred and Coral at a best of 4/7.

Hill's Jem Maidment said: "Lallana impresses every time he plays for the Three Lions - he looked fearless again and we would be staggered if he is not on the plane to Brazil."

Sky Bet trader Joe Petyt added: "An uninspiring friendly won't have told Roy Hodgson much about his squad that he didn't already know.

"The young players like (Raheem) Sterling, Lallana and (Luke) Shaw certainly didn't look out of their depth but against a poor Danish team you wouldn't have expected anything else.

"With a few places in the squad still up for grabs the players' fate is going to be decided by their form in the Premier League in the next few months."

Shaw is 2/1 to make the squad with both firms and 5/2 with Betfred after making his debut as a sub, while Sterling is 8/11 with Ladbrokes after making his first start for his country.

Sky Bet's 'to start the first game' betting suggests this will be the team which faces Italy: Hart, Johnson Baines, Cahill, Jagielka, Johnson, Gerrard, Wilshere, Lampard, Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck.

All are odds-on to play in the game except Lampard (6/4) and it is in midfield where one place looks up for grabs.

The Leeds-based firm also have Andros Townsend (13/8), James Milner and Michael Carrick (both 7/4) around the same price, and then come the hopefuls such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (3/1), Jordan Henderson (4/1), Sterling (9/2), Lallana (6/1) and Ross Barkley (8/1).

As for the 23-man squad, to be announced on June 2, Sky Bet's prices suggest this will be it: Hart, Forster, Foster, Baines, Cahill, Cole, Jagielka, Johnson, Walker, Jones, Smalling, Gerrard, Wilshere, Milner, Carrick, Lampard, Lallana, Townsend, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain or Sterling, Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck.

However, it almost certainly has too many midfielders in it and not enough forwards.

Another attacker and one less midfielder would appear more likely in reality which would bring the likes of Rickie Lambert (7/4), Andy Carroll (5/2), Jay Rodriguez (7/2) and Jermain Defoe (4/1) into the reckoning.

England remain a best of 35/1 to win the World Cup with youwin's win-only market. 33/1 is available with bigger firms who bet each way.

Their next action will be a home clash with Peru at the end of May - the first of three pre-World Cup friendlies which will also see them face Ecuador and Honduras in Miami.

Sky Bet have England at 5/2 to win all three games.

Brazil, who beat South Africa 5-0 on Wednesday, are the 3/1 favourites to win the World Cup on home soil.

Neymar scored a hat-trick in that match and is a general 14/1 shot for the Golden Boot. Argentina's Lionel Messi is the 9/1 (Coral) favourite in the market.

There were also good wins for Scotland and Wales - they beat Poland 1-0 and Iceland 3-1 respectively.

bet365 have the Scots at 2/1 to qualify for the expanded European Championships in 2016, with Wales offered at 4/1.

Twenty-four teams will qualify for the action in France. The qualification matches get under way in September.

  • Updated at 0845 GMT on 06/03/2014.