Bookies think Januzaj and Ilori unlikely to play for England
As the debate rages on over what the qualifications should be to play for England, bookmakers Bwin have made it interesting by offering odds on whether a number of players, who Jack Wilshere may class as foreign, will play for the Three Lions by July 2018.
The man who seems to have sparked more media havoc after one game than most do in a lifetime, Adnan Januzaj is the headline act in this market but the bookies do not expect him to opt for England in his international dilemma and is 12/1 with Bwin to play for England before July 2018.
Another who could choose to don the England shirt is Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori who was born in London but grew up in Portugal. He has now returned to these shores at the age of 20 without an international cap so could qualify for England and is also 12/1 to appear in the white of England pre-July 2018.
A man with a much better chance of being capped by England seems to be Sierra Leone-born Nathaniel Chalobah who moved to London at a young age and has already represented the Three Lions at youth level. His impressive performances on loan from Chelsea at Watford and now Nottingham Forest make him a 1/5 shot to play for England before the 2018 World Cup.
Other players rated by Bwin as having a chance of making their England debut are Morgan Schneiderlin (50/1), Jose Enrique (50/1), Sylvain Distin (100/1) and Manuel Almunia (100/1).
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