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Michael Owen World Cup odds cut

09 December 2009 11:22
Bookie Paddy Power has cut the odds for Michael Owen to make it to South Africa as part of Fabio Capello's England squad next year.

Following his Champions League hat-trick last night the Manchester United striker is now 2/1 from 10/3 to be part of Fabio Capello's World Cup Squad.

However the bookie also offers a reality check to the Owen bandwagon with seven other strikers all at shorter odds to be in the squad than United's number seven.

Barring injury Wayne Rooney is a shoo-in for the squad at just 1/100 with Jermain Defoe also looking a certainty at 1/14.

Owen's likely rivals for a spot in the 23 could come from the likes of Carlton Cole, Gabby Agbonlahor (both 6/4) and Darren Bent (7/4).

Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: "It was a great night for Owen, obviously his best yet in a United shirt, but we still think he has a lot more work to do to convince a doubting Fabio of his worth and climb the England striker pecking order."

Owen is also on offer at 28/1 to be England's top scorer in South Africa, with Rooney again heading the market at 13/8.

Who Will Make England's World Cup Squad?

1/100 Rooney
1/14 Defoe
4/11 Crouch
1/2 Heskey
6/4 C Cole
6/4 Agbonlahor
7/4 Bent
2/1 Owen

Top England World Cup Scorer

13/8 Rooney
5/1 Defoe
11/2 Lampard
6/1 Gerrard
10/1 Crouch
16/1 Heskey
20/1 Bent
22/1 J Cole
22/1 Walcott
25/1 C Cole
28/1 Owen
33/1 Terry

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Source: DSG