England’s Winners and losers: Week 2


Harry Kane

At the 15th time of asking Kane has popped his August cherry! The England skipper has put to bed one of football’s weirdest statistics and can now plot his course to another Golden Boot.

James Maddison

In the winners list for the second week in a row, Maddison opened his Leicester account on his second appearance with a deflected finish. Maddison has a perfect stage at the King Power to learn and improve whilst in a good team. An early contender for Young Player of the Year.

Kieran Trippier

The Burnley Becks is at it again!

Callum Wilson

Absolutely brilliant! Wilson beat 5 West Ham defenders to score against admittedly not one of the league’s best defences, Wilson has struggled top to come back from long-term injury but now looks back to his best, a call up in September?

Wilson celebrates his solo goal

Theo Walcott

A goal and an assist from England’s forgotten man, who’s had a great start to the season for Everton. But then we got a typical Walcott shot flash across goal to remind us why Gareth Southgate doesn’t pick him.


Jamie Vardy

Wow, that’s how to pick up a red card! Vardy will be missing for a while on suspension and may not be back before Gareth Southgate announces his next England squad. Could England really rock up at the King Power in September without Vardy?

That’s a foul Jamie

Chelsea Academy Prospects

Just when we thought Chelsea might give an academy product a chance… Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham & Callum Hudson-Odoi all failed to make even the 18 man squad against Arsenal. It’s a familiar story for a club that thrives on short-term thinking. Roman Abramovich may want to see a few of his FA Youth Cup Winners make it at the club but that’ll never overtake the desire to win Championships.

Hudson-Odoi is still a teenager who only made his debut in January so can afford to take a backseat and gain experience in the Europa League & EFL Cup whilst Abraham needs a move unless Oliver Giroud departs. But Loftus-Cheek is now a full England international who’s lost his place on the bench to Mateo Kovacic, a player on loan with no option for Chelsea to buy,  they are now training him to potentially play against them in the Champions League! Expect Loftus-Cheek to be a Bundesliga player before the week is out.

Ashley Young

Young certainly wasn’t the worst Manchester United defender against Brighton: Bailly & Lindelof can argue over that! But he looked woefully off the pace in his first appearance of the season. And with Luke Shaw one of United’s better performers thus far Young appears stuck on the right side of United’s defence for the foreseeable future whilst his United teammate has a run on the left to take Young’s England place.

Danny Welbeck

Desperately needs a move. Unai Emery doesn’t fancy him and now with Mkhitaryan & Iwobi looking good off the main striker (where there’s £85million of talent to contend with) it seems Welbeck will be restricted to the Europa League unless he finds a move in the next 11 days.

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

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