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Southampton star cut from 20/1 into 8/1 for 2014 World Cup berth

| 07.11.2013

Roy Hodgson’s squad announcement for England’s upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany will have been met with a huge cheer on the south coast.

This season’s Premier League surprise-package Southampton have three players in the 28-man squad, including uncapped pair Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana.

24-year-old Rodriguez is a shock selection as the former Burnley man has never featured in a senior England squad before now.

However, Hodgson has stated that he sees the wing-forward – who’s also eligible to play for Spain – challenging Danny Welbeck for the wide-left position in a three-man attack.

Rodriguez is in much better form than the Manchester Utd striker right now, with three goals in his last four Premier League games and is 10/1 with Coral to make it into Hodgson’s original 23-man party for Brazil.

His teammate Lallana is the biggest mover in that particular market, coming in from 20/1 to 8/1 after the squad for the next two games was announced.

The 25-year-old was called up to the senior squad just over a year ago for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, but didn’t make it onto the pitch to face the Yellow-Blues on that occasion.

Lallana has scored twice – including an opportunistic last-minute equaliser against champions United at Old Trafford – and laid-on a couple more for his teammates so far this season in the top flight.

Rickie Lambert keeps his place in the squad after providing good cover during England’s recent striker crisis against Moldova and Ukraine and stays at 9/4 to make the plane next summer.

It was not all joy for the St Mary’s Three Lions contingent as Luke Shaw stays in the Under-21s, despite speculation that the left-back would get a call-up to the seniors.

The 18-year-old is 12/1 to go to Brazil, but with fellow left-backs Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole and Kieran Gibbs all picked ahead of him, Shaw may have to wait a little longer for his chance.