How did England's hopefuls fare in the Premier League? Gareth Southgate's scouting report

source : skysports.com - 09/04/18 6:00am


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Joe Hart put in a man-of-the-match display against Chelsea

With around five weeks until Gareth Southgate names his squad for the World Cup in Russia, we look at how his England hopefuls got on.

Southgate has until May 14 to give England`s 35-man provisional squad to FIFA and needs to whittle it down to 23 by June 4 - two days after England`s next friendly against Nigeria.

The England manager, who says he knows 19 or 20 players that he will select already, plans to name his 23-man squad early to ease pressure on preparations. But how did they fare this weekend in the Premier League?

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Gareth Southgate has until May 14 to give England`s 35-man provisional squad to FIFA

We have had our notebook out over the last few days...

Gareth Southgate watched a total of 15 English players at Goodison Park during the goalless draw in the Merseyside derby, and nobody in a red or blue shirt did their England chances too much harm.

For Everton, Jordan Pickford made two world-class saves, Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka were strong in defence to earn a clean sheet, but Theo Walcott and Tom Davies were relatively underwhelming.

Nathaniel Clyne made his first appearance of the season, putting in a steady display, while James Milner was at his energetic best. Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke worked hard off the ball but were largely absent on it, and Jordan Henderson kept things ticking without anything spectacular in midfield.

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Jordan Pickford dives at the feet of Trent Alexander-Arnold

Eddie Howe championed Jermain Defoe`s chances of a World Cup call-up pre-match but the 35-year-old striker had a frustrating day with most of Bournemouth`s best chances instead dropping to his strike partner Calum Wilson.

Lewis Cook made his senior debut last month and was industrious without exerting too much control on proceedings with Luka Milivojevic and Yohan Cabaye generally dominating the midfield battle.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was the man of the match against Germany last November, enhanced his prospects with an eye-catching display on the left wing while Andros Townsend was bright in an unfamiliar central striker role.

There were few players on show who can have any lingering hopes of a late dash for England`s plane to Russia this summer, but should injuries come to key personnel in attack, this was not a good audition for the ultimate outsider.

Glenn Murray has been in superb form this season, but he was left extremely frustrated by a lack of service before his withdrawal without having tested Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Alex Pritchard, who has represented England nine times at U21 level, showed his class with his darting runs and quality on the ball but the team are well-stocked in that department off the front man and this summer must surely come too soon for him.

Despite Jamie Vardy getting on the scoresheet late on - his fourth goal in as many games in all competitions - the England striker was otherwise very ineffective, making only 25 touches in the match - the fewest of any outfield player to have started the match.

Harry Maguire`s afternoon was not overly impressive either, as his indecision was a major factor in Newcastle going two in front.

Jonjo Shelvey did his chances of earning a surprise World Cup call-up a great deal of good with his fine goal.

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Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring Newcastle`s first goal of the game against Leicester

Harry Kane was not at his fluent best, but got 90 minutes under his belt and was denied a goal when the Premier League reviewed Spurs` winner and awarded it to Christian Eriksen.

Dele Alli was not as influential as in his previous match with Chelsea, but Danny Rose started and played well on the left.

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Harry Kane played the full 90 minutes for Tottenham against Stoke

Eric Dier was dropped to the bench and only came on for the final eight minutes, while Kieran Trippier was not even in the matchday squad.

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland made a superb save in the first half, but should arguably have been more decisive in coming out to claim the Eriksen free-kick which proved to be the winning goal.

Nick Pope did his England credentials no harm at all, was left blameless for Watford`s goal and dealt with their late onslaught of high balls confidently.

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Nick Pope (L) played in Burnley`s win at Watford

Will Hughes` performance again impressed - if he keeps this up, perhaps it`s not too late for the 22-year-old to stake an unlikely claim.

In an encounter largely played in the middle third, Jake Livermore enjoyed a busy afternoon for West Brom. The midfielder recorded a team-high passing accuracy of 92.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham will be delighted to have ended his long wait for a goal. The striker must push on in the final six games, however, if he wants to convince Southgate to take a fourth forward to Russia.

Raheem Sterling caught the eye for all the wrong reasons in Manchester City`s defeat to rivals Manchester United, missing three gilt-edge chances as City threw away a 2-0 lead. In Sterling`s defence his build-up play, which included an assist for Ilkay Gundogan`s goal, was his usual high standard.

Fabian Delph was not included in Gareth Southgate`s last squad but played 90 minutes at full-back at the Etihad Stadium. He was solid if unspectacular.

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Raheem Sterling featured for Man City in their 3-2 defeat to Man Utd

Delph is battling with Ashley Young for a spot on the plane to Russia. The United full-back had a clumsy afternoon and was lucky to stay on the pitch after escaping giving away a penalty for a handball and an ugly tackle on Sergio Aguero. Meanwhile, Chris Smalling, who is out of favour with Southgate, summed up United`s day with an appalling first-half showing before gathering himself in the second period to score the winning goal.

Jesse Lingard maintained his good form with an energetic display while Marcus Rashford played just eight minutes from the bench - the third domestic game in a row he has been overlooked for a starting berth.

Danny Welbeck`s two goals and man-of-the-match performance will no doubt have caught Southgate`s eye, and his nine goals this term is his best return since joining from Manchester United in 2014.

Jack Wilshere came on late and was involved in a late ruccus with Jack Stephens, which saw the Saints man sent off.

For Southampton, Ryan Bertrand was busy and solid at left-back, as was James Ward-Prowse, with both putting in 6/10 displays.

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Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring Arsenal`s second goal against Southampton

Southgate`s assistant Steve Holland was in the stands to see Joe Hart produce a man-of-the-match display. It was a timely return to form for the 30-year-old as the battle to become England`s No 1 heats up.

It was not such good news for Gary Cahill, who played the full 90 minutes at the heart of Chelsea`s back three. It was his poor defensive header which led to Javier Hernandez`s equaliser.

There was an injury blow for Aaron Cresswell. The left-back had to leave the field in the 63rd minute after landing awkwardly challenging for a high ball with Willian.










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