Jermain Defoe’s exclusion from the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist has sparked outrage, with many pointing to the striker’s friendship with tragic Bradley Lowery as an outstanding reason for nomination.
They also think that Defoe will be in for more recognition in the New Year honours list – with an MBE a short price at 5/4.
Asked about recognition for the Bournemouth striker spokesman Paddy Power said: “Jermain’s genuine emotional investment in tragic young Bradley Lowery not only raised the profile of the youngster’s campaign and charity, it rose his spirits for his final few months.
“Most players barely tolerate their mascots, let alone become best friends with them. For that, we’re sure Jermain will Defoe get a raft of deserved awards and honours.”
1/3 To win a specially created SPOTY award
5/4 To be made an MBE in New Year honours list
2/1 To be made an OBE in New Year honours list
10/1 To be knighted in New Year honours list
1/8 Anthony Joshua
7/1 Lewis Hamilton
33/1 Jonathan Rea
40/1 Mo Farah
50/1 Harry Kane
50/1 Chris Froome
The fully SPOTY market can be found here.