Disappearing elephants, life-threatening underwater escapes and alike illusions may be the bread and butter of magicians such as Harry Houdini, but even he may be left scratching his head attempting to get 24 bodies onto a plane that only features 23 seats.
Yet, with only 23 spaces available in Roy Hodgson’s squad to represent England at the 2014 World Cup, it is slightly surprising to see 24 players priced at 1/2 or shorter to board the plane to the Brazil.
And this list doesn’t even include Rickie Lambert or Andy Carroll, with one of these strikers pretty much guaranteed to travel as an alternative, plan-B, option in attack.
Therefore, at least a couple of those at heavy odds-on prices will miss out for England and below are three that England can probably do without if they are to lift the World Cup, which can be backed at 33/1.
England are largely expected to take three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders/wingers and four strikers to the World Cup.
Breaking the defence down further, this will mean two right-backs, two left-backs and four central defenders.
But with an abundance of options in midfield, many of which being something slightly different to the table, should England not try to make space elsewhere in the squad?
One way this could be achieved is by dropping a right-back, especially as central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are more than adept at performing in this position if necessary.
With Glen Johnson first choice, Kyle Walker is effectively taking up space in the squad.
Spain only included six natural defenders in their victorious Euro 2012 squad and this included three full-backs.
Given Johnson has also successfully enjoyed stints at left-back for Liverpool in emergency circumstances, a case can also be made that England don’t need both Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole in their final party.
With Cole only making six Chelsea appearances in 2014, he is far from in tip-top match shape and England should be calling up players that are in form, or at least playing regularly.
He is not the only player to fall into this category, with Aaron Lennon a longer-term example, but has Jack Wilshere improved in any way in the last 12 months?
Wilshere’s goal and assist output is average for a midfielder of his ability, as is his pass success ratio this season.
He does pose more of a dribbling threat, but nothing that couldn’t be matched by either Ross Barkley (2/5) or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (1/3), who both also possess more of an attacking thrust in the final third.