In the last of my pre-season assessments of the England squad, I’m looking at the goalies. For the first time since David Seaman & Nigel Martyn vied for the No1 shirt there’s positive competition for the jersey, here are the contenders; 1. Jack Butland So unlucky to pick up that long term injury in Germany.
Category: England- Squad analysis
Traditionally England’s great strength, recent years have seen England start Matthew Upson, Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka & Chris Smalling in key Finals matches, oh dear. Some cause for optimism has been provided by a good defensive record in World Cup qualifying and both the current title favourites sporting first choice English centre backs. But a
Probably the strongest unit England have at present there should be strong competition for places between now and the World Cup: Leftbacks– One player is nailed on, but there’s a lot of competition behind him. 1. Danny Rose– Developed beyond anyones expectations last season with Tottenham, looks the best left back in the Premier League and unassailable
The key department in the England squad, right now England’s senior team doesn’t have a central midfield unit to match the craft and guile of France, Spain or Germany. But the advanced midfielders and wingers provide a threat to worry the best with pace and skill. Dele Alli- A world class number 10 in the making
England’s biggest problem position going into a World Cup year is central midfield. Whether playing the default 4-2-3-1 or Plan B 3-4-3 the 2 in the middle remains a problem. We have plenty of options in the wide areas and a potentially great number 10 in Dele Alli, but holding and linking midfield roles are
Looking forward to next season- here’s the current England pecking order (as I see it) Harry Kane– Surely England’s new captain and talisman he’s paramount to England’s hopes and will remain so for years. Marcus Rashford– Has yet to excel for England but a superstar in the making could he be our M’Bappe? Jamie Vardy–