England’s winners & losers: Week 1

With a new club season upon us, here’s our weekly form check on England hopefuls…


Luke Shaw

He scored his first goal! It seems the love/ hate relationship between Shaw and Jose Mourinho is all hearts and roses. Shaw was stout in defence, overlapped well and came up with a neat finish to secure the win. If he can keep Ashley Young on the bench he’ll be back with England in September.


James Maddison

Maddison made an impressive debut for Leicester and provided the sort of midfield variation England lacked over the summer. It’s early days for the £24million signing but it’s looking promising for him at Leicester. It’s a little soon to be talking about a full debut for England but he looks like getting an extended audition for the midfield creator role England crave.

Dele Alli

Back with a bang after only returning to trains last week. Alli had a sideways season last term but for the second year in a row saw off Newcastle with a goal on the opening day. His power and running from midfield is exceptional, could he take the big step forward this season?

Aaron Wan-Bisakka

The young right back made an excellent start at right-back for Crystal Palace, providing an assist for Wilifred Zaha and keeping Ryan Sessegnon in check. England are well stocked at right back but Wan-Bissaka should be in the Under 21s Euro bid next summer.

Joe Hart

A fabulous debut and clean sheet from the former Number 1. Hart made big saves and looked assured at his new club. The problem of course is that mistake is in him somewhere. But nice to see a much maligned player getting back on track.

Raheem Sterling

Appears to have found those lost shooting boots!


Eric Dier

To be fair he’s only just back in training, but Dier looked short of fitness or quality against Newcastle and was fortunate to escape a red card. Winning was all that mattered for Spurs this weekend, but Dier needs to find form if he’s regain his England start.

Ashley Maitland-Niles

So unlucky, looks to have secured the left back slot for Arsenal and then forced off injured after 35 minutes.

Jack Wilshere

To be fair debuts don’t come much tougher than Liverpool away. But Wilshere made zero impact on the game as either an outlet or defensive shield. Playing every week has to be the first aim for Wilshere at West Ham, but if he is ever to get back onto Gareth Southgate’s radar he’ll need to do better than this.


Phil Jagielka

England require centre backs who are good on the ball- oh oh Ithink we can safely refer to Jags as an Ex-England international.

Harry Kane

August just isn’t his month!

England eligible starters in the Premier League this week: 69 (31%)

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