Which players advanced their England cases ahead of the international break…
Wow! The only place to start is with Walker and his goal of the season contender. A sumptuous strike ensured City beta Newcastle and gave Walker his first goal since 2015. Even with Pep’s rotation policy it’s hard to make the case for Walker not being in City’s best 11, or the leagues!
Continues to impress in the number 10 role for Leicester. His passing and creative vision seem to be getting better by the week. After making the step from Championship to Premier League look easy he’s not going to have a long wait to move up to international level.
Murray bagged a brace to make himself the top English goalscorer in the Premier League. At 34 he isn’t a serious England contender, particularly given his lack of pace but he is enjoying a fine Indian Summer with Brighton.
Allison and Van Dijk got most of the plaudits in the first three weeks of the season, but this week belonged to Gomez. He was immense as Allison’s blunder almost cost Liverpool 2 points. His pace and passing have never been in doubt but his touch and anticipation have gone up a level. Will play against Spain.
After quiet start Calvert-Lewin brought himself back into Everton’s first team with 3 goals in a week. After his brace in the EFL Cup Calvert Lewin opened is Premier League account with a bullet header. With Richardson to come back Calvert-Lewin needs to keep scoring if he is to retain his place in the first 11.
He did it! Berahino finally ended his 913 day goal drought with a scruffy goal in the EFL Cup. To put in perspective the last time he scored Roy Hodgson was still England manager, David Cameron was Prime Minister, Prince was still alive and Kylian Mbappe scored his first senior goal the same week! The monkey is finally off his back although it’s fair to say he’s fallen behind his old Under 21 strike partner Harry Kane who’s bagged 103 goals in the intervening period.
It’s been a poor start to the season for Rashford (copy and paste most of Manchester United) but it took a turn for the worse with a daft headbutt on Phil Bardsley. Could do with a goal on England duty.
Liverpool may be sweeping the early season plaudits but Solanke is now their forgotten man. A rumoured deadline day loan to Rangers didn’t materialise and Solanke has yet to feature in a Liverpool match day squad. Worrying.
It’s not that Butland had a terrible game in the relegation derby with West Brom, it’s that he can only afford one season in the Championship and Stoke have 1 win from 6 games. Expect his agent to be busy in January.
Not his day.
England eligible staters in the Premier League this week: 65 (29.5%)