Premier League News England winners and losers: Coady, Mount, Sancho, Abraham and Maguire Breaking Sport news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Gareth Southgate has been left with plenty to ponder over the next few weeks as he looks ahead to his England squad for November's international break. After another camp tainted by incidents off the pitch and errors on it, the England boss will be hoping for a far more straightforward run of games next month.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Gareth Southgate has been left with plenty to ponder over the next few weeks as he looks ahead to his England squad for November's international break. After another camp tainted by incidents off the pitch and errors on it, the England boss will be hoping for a far more straightforward run of games next month. The Three Lions will play a friendly - with the opponents yet to be confirmed after New Zealand pulled out due to coronavirus issues - before facing Belgium and Iceland to round out their Nations League group. The recent camp did at least provide some bright moments for Southgate too. There were exciting debuts, a glut of first goals and some encouraging displays from one or two who are beginning to grow on the international stage. So who are the winners and losers from the October international break? (Pool via REUTERS) Winner: Conor Coady It proved a rocky international break for Harry Maguire and Eric Dier with a red card and reckless penalty respectively, but one man stepped up to take his chance in their place. Conor Coady made an impressive debut against Denmark last month and used this break to build on that with his first goal, against Wales, before putting on a commanding display at the back at Wembley on Wednesday night. Coady was often on hand to snuff out problems and, alongside Tyrone Mings, kept England tight and well-drilled following Maguire's dismissal. If Southgate is to persist with his back three, as all around him struggle for their place, Coady could well be the first name on the teamsheet come the Euros opener in June. (Pool via REUTERS) Loser: Harry Maguire Gareth Southgate has thrown his full support behind the Manchester United captain following his tumultuous summer holiday in Greece, where an altercation with local police saw him hauled into court and handed three guilty verdicts - which are now being appealed. Having missed last month's camp following the incident, Maguire was back in this time around and Southgate was encouraged by his performance against Belgium on Sunday. But 31 disastrous minutes against Denmark could well have changed everything. Maguire, who has struggled at club level so far this season too, looked shot and a shadow of the player Southgate has depended on for much of his tenure. The fact that England looked more solid and secure without him, despite being down a man, was damning. Southgate says Maguire will want to play through his troubles, but that could be far too big a risk to take with the Euros fast approaching. (AP) Winner: Reece James A red card after the final whistle was a clear reminder of Reece James's age and inexperience at this level, but Southgate will not let it detract too much from what he saw across the Chelsea defender's first full start. A late addition to the squad having moved up from the under-21s, James was given his chance to make his case in the most hotly contested position in the England side.
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. Rampaging up and down the right, linking well with Kyle Walker and club-mate Mason Mount, James was England's greatest threat against the Danes. All of Southgate's options for that right wing-back role have a deadly eye for a cross in the final third, but few possess the pace, energy and strength of James. As those in the Chelsea forward line have found out and are adjusting too, his team-mates, as well as opposing defenders, can sometimes find themselves caught out by the pace of his crosses. Questions remain over his defensive positioning, sometimes leaving himself a little too much to do, while Southgate will give him a reminder over his temperament at this level, but James made a lasting impression in his first squad. (Pool via REUTERS) Loser: Jadon Sancho The Borussia Dortmund winger looked England's most exciting prospect of a generation not too long ago, but his involvement in a breach of Covid-19 guidelines and the form of others has seen him fall down the pecking order. Sancho was told to report late to England duty alongside Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell after the trio attended a surprise birthday party for the Chelsea striker in the days before meeting up with the England squad. Another unnecessary headache for Southgate and a blow for Sancho, too. The 20-year-old will of course still be a key figure for Southgate across the Euros and beyond, but with Raheem Sterling a sure starter when fit and Mason Mount excelling in a wide role, Sancho has right to be concerned about his involvement moving forwards. (PA) Winner: Mason Mount Southgate took a heap of flak from supporters for praising Mason Mount during a question about Jack Grealish, but the Chelsea man is fast becoming a favourite of the England manager. Mount has done plenty of maturing under Frank Lampard since breaking into the Chelsea side at the start of last season, and is finding his feet on the international stage too. The 21-year-old came on as a sub in the win over Wales before scoring, albeit via a deflection, the winner against Belgium and put on another encouraging display against Denmark, restricted somewhat following Maguire's red card. Mount's pace, vision and work rate make him an ideal candidate for Southgate's starting XI come the Euros next summer. (Getty Images) Loser: Tammy Abraham If Jadon Sancho was frustrated by his drop down the pecking order, Tammy Abraham will have been sat rather more uncomfortably watching on as Dominic Calvert-Lewin made a seamless arrival onto the international stage. Abraham, whose place at Chelsea is coming under threat with the arrival of new summer signings, was absent from all three matchday squads this month. Calvert-Lewin's form and emergence mean the Everton man now looks to be Southgate's second choice to Harry Kane for the Three Lions. There is also competition from Danny Ings, who along with Calvert-Lewin scored his first England goal, against Wales.
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