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Michael Owen World Cup odds cut

09 Dec 2009 11:22:11

Michael Owen World Cup odds cut

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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