Heaton should be England’s number one

Tomorrow is a big occasion, as far as November international fixtures though, as the age-old enemy of England and Scotland clash at Wembley in a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

It’s a big two years ahead for both nations, with England having to battle back from a woeful sequence of events in recent months that saw the Three Lions lose to Iceland, costing Roy Hodgson his job, then seeing Sam Allardyce forced to resign after just one match.

Scottish fans might have found that amusing previously but they’ve had their own issues to worry about, as they were left to fend for themselves on the British Isles this summer as the rest of the UK went to the European Championships.

Gareth Southgate, the man in charge of England for the time being at least, has a stern test ahead of him and must balance the squad- with one of the biggest problems being deciding which goalkeeper to go with, as Joe Hart’s spell with Torino has brought questions on whether he should retain his spot.

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Making more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season,Data courtesy of EA SPORTS shows Tom Heaton has really made his claim to become England’s new first-choice stopper and has frustrated the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku and Roberto Firmino frustrated.

Interestingly, Sunderland’s young Englishman Jordan Pickford has made the second-most saves in the top-flight but his saves per goals conceded average is far less.

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League. To find out the winner of the EA SPORTS Player of the Month Award, head to www.premierleague.com

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