WWith the final international break ahead of the World Cup looming, England’s upcoming matches against Italy and Germany in the United Nations League will give it a Gareth Southgate A chance to have a look at the players vying for the last positions on his team. Southgate will have a good idea of who to take him to Qatar, injury permitting, but with 26 national teams – three times more than in the previous World Cup – players on the sidelines will fantasize about their chances of making the trip.
A number of players have been impressed in recent months and hope they have done enough for their clubs to ensure that they are being watched. Given the monotonous performance of England earlier this year, they have every right to believe they deserve international recognition. England have collected only two points from their four Nations League matches so far. They conceded six goals and scored only once – and that was Harry Kane’s late penalty against Germany. England are likely to be relegated to the second tier unless their results improve significantly at San Siro and Wembley later this month. considering that The team’s last match ended in a 4-0 loss to Hungarythe worst on their soil in 94 years, maybe it’s time for a change of team.
England have concerns in front of goal. One goal in four games, which comes from a penalty kick, is a concern for Southgate. Yes, the four The League of Nations The matches were arranged at a strange time, after a long season, but that should not be used as an excuse. After selecting a familiar group of attackers in those fixtures, Bar Jarrod Bowen, Southgate must revamp and increase the pool of talent available to him.
The leading contender is Brentford striker Evan Toni. After a solid comeback of 12 goals and five assists for the Bees in their first Premier League season, Southgate was surprisingly overlooked in the summer. It will be hard for Southgate to ignore the 26-year-old after starting his sprint race of the season. No English player has scored more goals than Tony (five) in Europe’s top five leagues this season, and only Manchester City’s goal machine Erling Haaland (11) has scored more goals than Tony (seven) in the Premier League.
Jamaica tried to persuade Tony to change his national allegiance last year, but he turned down the opportunity to participate in the Reggae Boyz, which might be a wise decision for both the player and Southgate. Tony is not a traditional No. 9 player in the sense that he is simply there to get the end of chances. His advanced gameplay is also important to Brentford, something England Southgate can be made good use of.
Anthony Gordon is another player hoping his club’s performances are good enough to secure a place in the England squad. The 21-year-old doesn’t have a great goal – he’s been yellow carded seven (seven) times more than he has scored (six) in the Premier League – but he brings youthful courage into his game that can help England. Subject to intense speculation about his future over the summer, the Everton player has been solid this season. His willingness to get involved will give his England teammates and fans a boost.
Another winger pushing for his first international title is Leeds star Jack Harrison. The 25-year-old made an exceptional start to the season, scoring one goal and three assists in his first three league games, including a superb display in an unforgettable 3-0 win over Chelsea.
The goals and assists have dried up since then, but not for lack of trying. Only Mohamed Salah (24) and Kevin De Bruyne (21) have created more goal-scoring opportunities than Harrison (18) in the league this season. If his teammates had shown more composure, Harrison would have had more than three assists to his name. He could offer England an alternative creative threat from the left if Southgate wants to use a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.
Southgate can also bring back tried and tested players who have been left out of the England squad for the June International Tournament. With three goals and two assists to his name, Marcus Rashford is one goal away from matching his goal contribution last season as Rashford’s rise continues to grow. The Manchester United striker appears to be a renewed striker under Erik ten Hag and, having previously shone on the international scene alongside Raheem Sterling and Kane in a 4-3-3, he could be back in the fold.
Jadon Sancho is hoping his strong start to the campaign will be rewarded with the return of England. Sancho is one goal away from the equation for a comeback last season, having scored key goals in narrow wins over Liverpool and Leicester. Sancho is able to maintain his composure when necessary, and his poise in front of goal would benefit England.
Southgate has new options and experienced players to shine. He has some decisions to make. The England manager will want to gain momentum ahead of the World Cup, and after four stagnant performances in June, some fresh faces could give the now-too-comfortable rookie a shot in the arm. With him relegated from their group in the Nations League, what would he lose?