Bookies expect Townsend to lose England place
Despite two excellent performances within a week for England, Andros Townsend is not expected by the bookmakers to start the first match of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Tottenham winger put in a man of the match performance last week against Montenegro and was thoroughly impressive again in the clash with Poland on Tuesday as he came incredibly close to scoring another superb long range effort when he hit the cross bar from 25 yards.
These displays have not convinced the bookies that he has done enough to secure a starting berth though and he is 5/2 with William Hill to start the first match of the World Cup campaign next summer.
Theo Walcott is believed to still be the first choice on the right flank and the Arsenal man is 11/10 with Sky Bet to line-up for England at the start of their opening group stage game.
Another man to impress against Montenegro and Poland but who is expected to be dropped is Leighton Baines who will be remembered for putting in the cross for Wayne Rooney to score the opener against the Poles. The Everton man was filling in for Ashley Cole at left-back and it is Cole who is expected to go into the World Cup as first choice at a best price of 8/13 with Stan James to start the first game whilst Baines is out at 6/4 with Sky Bet.
Michael Carrick is also odds-against after earning plaudits against Poland at a best price of 5/4 with Sky Bet to be in the first starting line-up in Brazil.
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