The new Premier League season has barely started, the transfer window has just closed, so clearly now is exactly the time we all want to see an international break.
But whatever you think of the timing, it will be an interesting few days. Sam Allardyce’s very first England squad will take on Slovakia on Sunday evening, and all eyes will be on the new boss; the focus (fairly or unfairly) will be on his style of play.
The problem for England is that most of England’s best players haven’t performed well in the league so far.
There are only three games gone, and the (few) English players who performed well in the Euros are still gaining in match sharpness. Take Tottenham’s three stand-out Englishmen, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier as an example. Together, they managed 27.25 FanDuel points in gameweek three. That’s exactly the same amount as Marcus Rashford – who spent 19 minutes on the pitch – managed by himself.
Rashford, however, is not in Allardyce’s team. But it’s not as if his score is obscenely high, after all, he only had 19 minutes to score points.
Nine Englishmen scored more points last week than Rashford, but only four are in Allardyce’s England squad. And that does include Raheem Sterling: the highest points scorer of the entire week with 55.5 points thanks to his two goals and the chances he created. That’s more than double what our three Spurs friends made together.
Sam Allardyce can’t base his England squad selection on the performances of his players in one week, but what FanDuel data does show is that England’s stand-out players over the past few months aren’t in good form, and leaving out the likes of Ross Barkley and Jermain Defoe, who are averaging decent points totals so far means that England are short on form players.
The data points to a struggling England with a few players who are currently playing well – Raheem Sterling (55.5), Wayne Rooney (31.75) and Danny Rose (34.5), for example – potentially being tasked with bailing the team out.
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