So which English players enhanced their credentials this weekend?
What on earth were Chelsea doing! You simply can’t give Kane the time to pick his spot, even from 25 yards out! Kane gave one of his best Premier League displays of the season to cap a hugely satisfying seven days at Wembley.
Alli gave Jorginho a torrid time as Tottenham ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season. Alli grabbed the opener and his energy and guile clearly unsettled Chelsea, it seems Alli is playing his way into form in time for the rush of December games.
A majestic curling free kick gave Alexander-Arnold his first goal of the season and secured another 3 points for Liverpool. After grabbing his first England goal and man of the match award against the USA, Alexander-Arnold looks to have overtaken Kieran Trippier in England’s highly competitive right-back race.
Played in his natural left wing position it seems Sessegnon will enjoy life under Claudio Ranieri. A trademark run down the left followed by inch perfect cross grabbed Fulham’s second in a 3-2 win over Southampton, whilst Sessegnon gave arguably his best all-round display since promotion.
Holding out for a clean sheet at Old Trafford may not be the achievement it once was, but Tomkins was masterful as Palace claimed a valuable point. Tomkins isn’t likely to get an England call up but remains a consistently good Premier League defender.
Not a great week, he wasn’t deemed fit enough to play Croatia and then watched his replacement Fabian Delph have the best game of his England career. Then come the weekend he gets a daft red card that will see his grip on an automatic starting job at Liverpool get even looser.
He’s been brilliant this season but Maddison was a very silly boy at Brighton. First came the foul in front of the referee and then a blatant dive, all in the space of 2 minutes. Maddison was big enough to apologise for his poor judgement, but a ban awaits.
The Premier League and empty statements
This week saw the Premier League kick back against proposals for Premier League squads of 25 to consist of at least 12 home trained players. They claimed there was no evidence a quota would benefit the England national team and made vague statements about working with stakeholders for the good of the national team, as ever they offered no actual counter-proposals. Then at the weekend only 55 England eligible players started Premier League games!
Last season Gareth Southgate pointed out 70 English starters in the division wasn’t enough and yet this season has regressed even further with just 25% of starters this weekend. Injuries were a factor but it shows yet again the Premier League isn’t acting in the interests of the national game and changes must be made if England are to have long term success.