England & the international break
The Premier League is now on a break as the international season reboots.
Over the next few weeks, UEFA’s Nations League will enjoy it’s inaugural round of matches.
Will the Nations League provide the solution to the broken international friendly calendar?
England, who finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup, start their campaign against Spain. England have also lined up a friendly with Switzerland on September 11.
Liverpool & Tottenham stars vs Kyle Walker
In Monday’s edition of the Times, columnist Tony Cascarino considers who Gareth Southgate should pick in his England backline.
In the summer England excelled with three centre-halves and wing-backs in Russia.
Man City’s Kyle Walker was shifted infield by Southgate to play on the right side of England’s back three.
Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier got the nod in the right wing-back slot.
For Cascarino, Trippier should retain his place in the England XI. However Walker should be dropped after Joe Gomez’s amazing start to the season at Liverpool:
It is not a case of should Joe Gomez be in the England team, but who the other two central defenders are. He would be my first choice.
If I were him I would leave out Kyle Walker from my three central defenders. It seems very harsh, particularly after his goal on Saturday, but Walker was the least convincing of the back three at the World Cup.
The question then is whether Walker gets in at right back. At the moment I’d have Kieran Trippier ahead of him as the Spurs man’s delivery is exceptional.
Looking around the rest of England’s probable backline, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford will line up in goal. Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Man City’s John Stones seem to be part of the England back-three.
Man United’s Luke Shaw is in line to play at left-back after he was recalled to the national team.