Category: England- Squad analysis

England’s goalkeeping options

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.

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England’s Centre Back options

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

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England’s fullback options

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

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England’s attacking midfield options

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

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Ranking England’s centre midfield options

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

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Ranking England’s striker options 

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–

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