England’s Early Pre-season winners and losers

Pre-season is far from done with the Community Shield set for Sunday, so with the World Cup stars still absent which England hopefuls have stood out?


Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal)

The breakout star of this Preseason. His touch and technique have led to comparisons to a young Jack Wilshere (hopefully minus plonker tendencies) and he does look a special talent. The Under 18 International announced himself with a stunning goal against Atletico Madrid but its early days and he’ll likely be restricted to EFL Cup & Europa League games this season, but he’s undoubtedly.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)

Wow, a Chelsea manager showing faith in youth! There are far more questions than answers about Chelsea right now but Maurizio Sarri is answering them and giving plenty of game time to the Under 17 World Cup star in doing so. Hudson-Odoi has impressed down the left of Chelsea’s revised 4-3-3 and looks set for a first team squad role.

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Showed off his box of tricks against old club Manchester City in the International Champions Cup. It now seems Dortmund are willing to let Christian Pulisic go, pushing Sancho further into the limelight. It seems he can do no wrong.

Ross Barkley (Chelsea)

Had anyone else quite forgotten he exists? It was always asking a lot of Barkley having been out for 6 months, to hit the ground running when he joined Chelsea. But with a full preseason’s training behind him Barkley is looking sharp at Stamford Bridge. He’s played mostly in the midfield 3 but Sarri has also deployed him in his frontline. It seems Barkley is set for a big role with Chelsea this season.

Barkley is making his mark at Chelsea


Nick Pope (Burnley)

Picked up a dislocated shoulder on his European debut, he looks set to miss the start of the season and England’s September fixtures. Unlucky.

Harry Winks (Tottenham)

Had surgery in the spring but missed Spurs pre-season tour with another ankle problem. Winks is expected to be back soon but with so many World Cup stars missing from Tottenham’s ranks, it’s an opportunity missed for Winks.

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea)

Only 1 year and 12 Premier League appearances on from his £35million transfer, it appears Chelsea are so desperate to offload Drinkwater they’ll let him go on loan, ouch.

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

It looks like Welbeck is unwanted by new Arsenal boss Unai Emery. This isn’t a huge surprise given Arsenal have Aubameyang & Lacazette to lead the line and Emery is giving chances to youngster Eddie Nketiah and even forgotten man Lucas. After being the last man in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad it seems Welbeck is falling further away.

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