10 out of 10 for Southgate but times for decisions.
Once Again England have effortlessly qualified for another major tournament , with Captain Harry Kane spearheading the side breaking many a record along the way.
With the World Cup in Qatar little over a year away Gareth Southgate has the pleasant but difficult task of choosing a squad of 23. Here is a few of my potentially controversial selections and opinions of decisions he may have to make.
In attack everything is set in stone with captain Harry Kane a dead certainty along with Raheem Sterling albeit injury aside. I believe a difficult decision the Three Lions manager will have to make is who will he use as an impact player from the bench with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tammy Abraham being the go to guys as of late. With this being the case I feel Toffees striker just pips Roma’s new signing, despite Abraham being Chelsea’s top scorer the last two seasons ( 18&12) with limited game time my personal opinion is DCL is much more dominant in the air and is playing with a confidence and swagger (before his injury) about his game which Abraham has never shown and I always feel Abraham is trying to hard.
Southgate next decision with be weather he plays 3-4-3 or a 4-3-3 or possibly alternating between the two like he did last summer at Euro 2020. Therefore deciding who plays in front of preferred pairing Rice and Phillips. For me in the 10 role it will probably be mason Mount and he has been selected more often than not but on the left I think Saka is a better choice than Grealish. This is due to Saka’s ability to put in a near perfect end product into the box every time and with Harry Kane on the end of it 9 times out of 10 will end in a goal for England.
Right back/Wing back has been a major discussion point for many fans and pundit alike. My point of view is Reece James starts his delivery is as good as Alexander-Arnold’s in which many fans of him argue he should be starting for England. I also think James defensively is much better with many of the more skilful and tricky wingers in the Premier League being able to get the better of TAA.
In goal seems to be similar to the attack with it being a straight forward decision however the rise of Ramsdale this season could potentially alter the managers mind if he continues his form in the World Cup squad being announced. But Pickford for England is a completely different player to when he plays for his club and performances at the last two major tournaments showing why he is England’s number one.
“And that sums it all up”