England & 2018 World Cup
Once again England have qualified for a major tournament with a fine record on paper.
The Three Lions booked their spot at the 2018 World Cup with a record of eight wins and two draws as they topped their group.
But can England do anything in Russia next summer?
Will they even get out of the groups at the World Cup?
After the Iceland debacle at the last Euros, all bets are off.
Tottenham & Arsenal
Looking at England’s biggest problems, many focus in on the central midfield.
Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson are often slammed for their international performances.
Both players are criticised for playing too many sideways passes. In short, England lack a star central midfielder who can lift the team.
But, on Monday, the Times have suggested a couple of players who could change that narrative.
Those players are located at Tottenham and Arsenal.
Harry Winks & Jack Wilshere
Winks has made only four Premier League starts but he has also impressed with a lot of cameos from the bench. Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has bucked the time-honoured trait of smothering hype at birth, and instead dubbed him “Little Iniesta” and the “perfect midfielder”. These are encouraging things.
Winks has a real chance to be one of those late bolters for Russia given the centre of England’s midfield has rarely been such a creative vacuum.
Another player who is listed as a possible England solution in midfield is Jack Wilshere.
Wilshere struggled to lock down a starting spot for Bournemouth last season, however that’s not stopped the Times announcing the following:
Jack Wilshere is in Southgate’s thoughts despite his injury problems and lack of game-time at Arsenal.