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– Coming off a disappointing season (cut & paste to all Leicester players) but lightning pace and a poachers eye for goal make him our best option off the bench
- Jermain Defoe– He’s grown on and off the pitch in an otherwise awful team at Sunderland and deserves to be staying in the premier league with Bournemouth. But as stated before his lack of size means he can’t lead the line so he maybe competing with Vardy for the impact sub role. It’s hard to shake the feeling he’s a flat track bully with England, but should be good in qualifying.
- Danny Welbeck– Not picked in June at Arsene Wenger’s request, will likely be recalled in September,a good strike rate (at international level) and the versatility to play anywhere along the front of a 3-4-3 will keep him in contention if he can stay fit.
- Daniel Sturridge– Even though his fitness record has improved the injuries have taken the edge off his pace and he appears stuck at Liverpool with a manager who doesn’t rate him.
- Tammy Abraham– A good fit for Swansea this season. Knock in 15 goals and he’s in contention to be Kane’s back up.
- Dominic Solanke– The star of the U20 World Cup and a new signing for Liverpool will be watched with great interest in the coming months. Tough to see him beating out Roberto Firmino just yet, but the less than prolific Divock Origi should be worried. The World Cup may come too soon for Solanke but getting promoted to the U21 squad will be a start.
- Saido Berahino– Remember when he was England’s future no9 that was a long time ago! A full preseason st Stoke should help get him back on track after a wasted 2 years.
- Jay Rodriguez– Every football fan with a heart will be hoping he can find form at his new club, it’s almost 4 years since his solitary cap that preceded his injury nightmare.
- Troy Deeney– Deeney is the archetypal “not good enough for international level” forward, but everyone said that about Rickie Lambert. Deeney reminds me a lot of Kevin Davies (and even he got a cap) but if Marco Silva constructs a more potent Watford team around him Deeney should shine, don’t rule him out yet.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin– Even before he became the third Englishman to score in a World Cup final Calvert-Lewin was starting to make waves at Everton. It’s still early days but with a manager not afraid to play youngsters and a small squad set to compete on 4 fronts chances should come his way. How much time he’ll get in the first team is complicated by the arrival of Alex Sandro & return of a certain Everton old boy. Watch this space.
- Andy Carroll– great in the air, awful on the deck, often injured and possibly on his way to China. Carroll remains an enigma (who hasn’t hit double goal scoring figures in a season since he left Newcastle) but if he hits a hot streak expect some to demand a recall.
- Dwight Gayle– Never capped at any level but if he continues his Newcastle hot streak into the Premier League…
- Izzy Brown– Another member of the Chelsea loan army, set for his Premier League bow with Huddersfield. Well it worked for Romulu Lukaku, but the U21’s looks the best bet for now.
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