Barkley odds-on for England squad

  • Last Updated: December 22 2013, 19:11 GMT

Ross Barkley is 8/11 to make England's World Cup squad with Sky Bet having starred for Everton against Swansea.

Ross Barkley: Odds-on to make the England squad
Ross Barkley: Odds-on to make the England squad

The young midfielder scored a stunning free-kick to hand Everton a 2-1 win and further enhance his claims to be included for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

More immediately, Everton move to fourth in the Barclays Premier League and with what looks a kind run of festive features, they should go into 2014 firmly in contention for a Champions League spot.

They're now 11/4 for a top-four finish and into 25/1 to cause a massive upset and win the title.

Earlier on Sunday, Tottenham secured an important away win at Southampton and they're now 4/1 for a top-four finish.

While Southampton went into the game as favourites, Spurs were popular with Sky Bet punters and two away wins represented worst-case scenario for their football traders.

"It's safe to say our punters have lined their pockets just in time for Christmas," commented the firm's Sandro Di Michele.

"We had a bad Saturday when the likes of City, United, Newcastle and Liverpool won, but things got worse on Sunday. Everton were extremely popular and Barkley's free-kick was met with groans across the office."

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