Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney Current Favourites To Start

Published on May 13th, 2014 2:56 pm EST
Earlier today, England named its 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup. The event, which will take place in Brazil, gets underway in less than a month.

England has its work cut out for it in the 2014 World Cup, as they will be playing in a group that includes three very solid teams (including themselves). As a matter of fact, England isnít a clear favourite to move on from the group stage.

Here is how Group D looks:

Costa Rica

Italy is expected to move through, while England and Uruguay are basically a coin toss at this point. Costa Rica, on the other hand, is expected to be the weak sister of the group.


Here is a look at Englandís 23-man roster, as announced earlier today:

Rickie Lambert
Wayne Rooney
Daniel Sturridge
Danny Welbeck

Steven Gerrard
Ross Barkley
Jordan Henderson
Adam Lallana
Frank Lampard
James Milner
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Raheem Sterling
Jack Wilshere

Leighton Baines
Gary Cahill
Phil Jagielka
Glen Johnson
Phil Jones
Luke Shaw
Chris Smalling

Joe Hart
Ben Foster
Fraser Forster

Finally, the stand-bys:

Michael Carrick
Andy Carroll
Tom Cleverley
Jermain Defoe
Jon Flanagan
John Ruddy
John Stones


The odds for which players will start in the first World Cup game were also released today - here is how they look:

Joe Hart, 1.04
Wayne Rooney, 1.05
Gary Cahill, 1.10
Daniel Sturridge, 1.08
Leighton Baines, 1.12
Steven Gerrard, 1.05
Glen Johnson, 1.10
Phil Jagielka, 1.25
Jordan Henderson, 1.83
Raheem Sterling, 1.80
Adam Laliana, 1.83
Jack Wilshere, 2.30
James Milner, 2.25
Danny Welbeck, 2.10
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 3.00
Phil Jones, 3.75
Chris Smalling, 4.00
Frank Lampard, 5.00
Luke Shaw, 5.00
Ross Barkley, 7.50
Rickie Lambert, 17.00
Ben Foster, 34.00
Fraser Forster, 21.00

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