Our weekly look at this weeks winners and losers is headlined by two World Cup centre backs experiencing contrasting fortunes.
The man who can do no wrong! Maguire scored a 92nd minute winner with a scuffed shot from distance and earned man of the match plaudits for Leicester. Maguire is a certain England starter against Spain.
Looks to be one of the signings of the season as he turned in yet another fine display for Watford, included a top class point-blank save. At 35 Forster doesn’t represent England’s future, but should Jordan Pickford get injured he’s the may be the man they turn to.
The most in form Englishman in the Premier League right now, Walcott notched another goal and looks a player reborn at Everton. Walcott ultimately feels like a player England shouldn’t return to, but he remains a fine Premier League player.
This was always going to be a career defining season for Gray, a chance to emerge from the shadow of Riyad Mahrez. Gray capped a good run of form with a fine goal, might he get a call from Gareth?
Be gone, first the August hoodoo and now the curse of Old Trafford.
The weekend saw just 57 English player start Premier League games. That number was swelled 66 on Monday night but that’s still a measly 30%. Yes that number was made worse by injuries, suspensions and stars returning slowly from the World Cup, but Southgate’s call for managers to give young academy players a chance appears to have fallen on deaf ears.
I truly hate to say this about another human being, but to paraphrase Jeremy from Peep Show “he’s like one of those revolting turds that just won’t flush!” There I feel terrible but that quote was tailor-made for Phil Jones. Lets recap the highlights of his last 4 games: clumsily brought down Eden Hazard for a penalty in the Cup Final, made to look a fool by Hazard in the 3rd Place Playoff and now he brings down Lucas Moura for a stonewall penalty and then loses Harry Kane at a corner for Tottenham’s first goal in a 3-0 rout. Yet Jones still gets a game! On the plus side he limped off with a hamstring pull and that should keep him out of the England squad.
Just went it all seemed to be coming together for Keane, he ends up on a stretcher with a ‘minor skull fracture.’ Keane scored for Everton as they assumed a 2-0 lead over Bournemouth, before Keane was caught up in a penalty melee, then his side concede a second before Keane gets clattered by his own teammate. Keane looks a natural fit on the left of England’s back 3, but he’ll need to wait a little longer for a recall.
England eligible staters in the Premier League this week: 66 (30%)