World Cup hangover for Southgate’s heroes?
While Gareth Southgate has stayed loyal to his World Cup stars, OddsMonkey looks back and sees the fallout and whether the boys he has stuck with have benefited from being part of England’s successful summer.
Southgate’s squad enjoyed a wonderful summer and it is no surprise that ahead of their Nations League campaign, the England boss has stayed loyal to the majority of his troops.
18 of the 23 who went to Russia with Southgate have been selected again, and in some cases despite the fact they have not featured prominently for their club, including Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, who has only made two appearances as a sub for the Gunners
We looked back on the opening month of the season to see just whether the World Cup effect had continued, and it doesn’t appear so.
So the 18 between them could have started 72 times in the Premier League, but we saw just 42 starts – which is just 58% of the possible starts available.
Of the new five faces, of the potential 20 starts, the five new players to the squad – Luke Shaw, James Tarkowski, Adam Lallana, Alex McCarthy and Joe Gomes started 10 of them, indeed they have all started every Premier League game this season with the exception of Lallana, who has been on the bench for every game, and he has since pulled out of the squad.
They have all fared somewhat better than the heroes of Russia – who have been limited.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “We thought it was really interesting to look back on the first month of the Premier League season and see if the players who went to Russia had enjoyed an equally good start to the season.
“And it did shock us to see just how few were regular starters, just over 50% is a pretty low figure and we are show England boss Gareth Southgate will be disappointed that his heroes from Russia did not see more action.
“We also believe that this has impacted on their outlook for the forthcoming Nations League indeed England’s odds are longer for this than the World Cup.
“As it stands England are rated at 10/1 to win, sixth best in the market with Spain considered the favourites ahead of world champions France, but it is also interesting the English are twice the price of fellow World Cup semi-finalists Belgium who are just 5/1.”
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