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Arsenal & England: Danny Welbeck’s World Cup selection odds crash

Arsenal & UEFA Europa League

Arsenal progressed to the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night in Russia.

Whoever wins the Europa League is guaranteed entry into next season’s Champions League.

Considering the Gunners are sixth in the Premier League, and 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, winning the UEL is Arsenal’s best hope of playing UCL football next term.

After a 4-1 win in the first leg, Arsenal drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow on Thursday.

It was a hairy night for Arsene Wenger as CSKA went 2-up on home soil. But a brilliant goal from Danny Welbeck, and a second from Aaron Ramsey, assured Arsenal’s place in the final four.

Danny Welbeck’s World Cup selection odds crash

Danny Welbeck’s chances of making England’s World Cup squad have never looked stronger with Ladbrokes.

The Arsenal ace is in a right vein of form right now and that’s led to punters backing him to book a spot on Gareth Southgate’s plane to Russia.

And having once been as big as 7/5, the bookies now make it just 1/2 he finds himself in the 23-man squad.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Welbeck is finding form at just the right time if he’s to make a late push for an England place – and that’s exactly what punters are expecting him to do.”

23 most likely players to make England squad

Raheem Sterling – 1/33
Kyle Walker – 1/25
Dele Alli – 1/20
Harry Kane – 1/20
John Stones – 1/20
Jordan Pickford – 1/20
Eric Dier – 1/16
Jack Butland – 1/16
Marcus Rashford – 1/16
Jamie Vardy – 1/10
Jesse Lingard – 1/8
Harry Maguire – 1/7
Jordan Henderson – 1/7
Adam Lallana – 1/5
Kieran Trippier – 1/5
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 1/4
Danny Rose – 1/3
Joe Hart – 1/3
Ryan Bertrand – 4/11
Jack Wilshere – 4/9
Joe Gomez – 4/9
Danny Welbeck – 1/2
Ashley Young – 8/15

Also see: Arsene Wenger’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan update after Arsenal win at CSKA Moscow.

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