No Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, or Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Is this the England squad Gareth Southgate should name to face Bulgaria and Kosovo?

28 Aug

England manager Gareth Southgate will name his squad for the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Thursday.

Speculation suggests Chelsea starlet Mason Mount could get his first call-up having impressed in his three appearances for the Blues this season.

Mount made it two goals in two games when he scored against Norwich and was later chosen as man of the match by talkSPORT’s Dean Ashton
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The Three Lions currently top their group on goal difference thanks to their thumping 5-0 win against Czech Republic and could fire themselves well clear of their opponents with two victories at the start of September.

Southgate, though, can expect plenty of scrutiny about his squad with huge selection dilemmas throughout the group.

James Maddison’s good form continues despite the England boss’ seeming unwillingness to pick the Leicester ace, while at right Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Kieran Trippier have all started well.

Kieran Trippier appears to have acclimatised to life at Atletico Madrid very quickly
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It promises to be a fascinating squad reveal but how would the 25-man group look if it was picked on statistics from the 2019/20 season?

Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve looked at the best English stars according WhoScored.com and made our selection based on their ratings (out of 10) – and there are some big shocks…

Goalkeepers (3)

Nick Pope (Burnley) – 7.10

Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 6.64

Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – 6.55

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Full-backs (4)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) – 7.29

Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) – 7.23

Solly March (Brighton) – 7.13

Solly March is starring at left wing-back for Brighton under Graham Potter
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – 6.86

Centre-backs (5)

Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) – 7.42

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – 7.39

Harry Maguire helped United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea
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Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – 7.32

Ben Mee (Burnley) – 7.31

Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United) – 7.14

Midfielders (7)

Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 7.73

James Maddison (Leicester City) – 7.50

James Maddison has been in fine form for Leicester this season
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Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – 7.12

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – 6.99

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – 6.89

Lundstram scored the winner for Sheffield United against Crystal Palace
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Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) – 6.95

Forwards (6)

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 8.57

Jadon Sancho enjoyed a breakthrough season at Dortmund in 2018/19
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Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 8.29

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – 8.12

Ashley Barnes has started the season in rich vein for Burnley
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – 7.23

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 7.21

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – 6.98

Southampton got off the mark with a win at Brighton – Nathan Redmond scoring in the game
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You can listen to England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo live on talkSPORT

Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace: Blades win first Premier League match back at Bramall Lane after 12 years as John Lundstram nets decisive goal

18 Aug

Sheffield United made it a winning start at Bramall Lane after 12 years out of the top flight as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

Fans had to wait more than a decade for the Blades to return to the Premier League but they got off to the perfect start as John Lundstram netted the winner in the second half.

John Lundstram scored the winning goal for Sheffield United
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Wilfried Zaha was recalled to the Crystal Palace starting line-up for their Premier League match against Sheffield United.

Zaha wanted to leave the Eagles this summer but did not get a move away and began the season as a substitute last weekend as Palace drew 0-0 at home against Everton.

The Blades were unchanged from their opening-day draw at Bournemouth as top flight football returned to Bramall Lane for the first time in 12 years.

David McGoldrick came closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts as the sides went into the break locked at 0-0.

Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend holds off a challenge
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John Lundstram’s cross from the right picked him out but Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita was equal to the effort and turned his shot away from six yards out.

Sheffield United went ahead just two minutes after the restart through Lundstrom.

Luke Freeman’s initial shot was turned away by Guaita but the ball fell to the feet of Lundstrom, who made no mistake to stroke the rebound into the empty net.

Four minutes after the goal Dean Henderson kept his side’s lead intact when he dived low to his right to save an effort from Andros Townsend.

It was a nervy end for the Blades as they had to defend deeply but managed to hang on to claim the three points.

More to follow…

Fantasy Premier League prices: Cheapest players revealed – bargains for your squad?

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League 2019/20 is here and, my word, we’re excited.

FPL Managers around the world are already priming their squad for the new season which is just over a month away.

It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive.

But you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £100million budget and, depending on your tactic, you might need three.

So who are the cheapest players in every position this season? Find out below.

 

Goalkeepers

David Button (Brighton) – £4m

Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton) – £4m

Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United) – £4m

Michael McGovern (Norwich) – £4m

Will Norris (Wolves) – £4m

Defenders

Sergio Rico (Bournemouth) – £4m

Jack Simpson (Bournemouth) – £4m

Ben Gibson (Burnley) – £4m

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) – £4m

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) – £4m

Canaries captain Grant Hanley lifts the championship trophy after their Sky Bet Championship title win
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Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) – £4m

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – £4m

Marc Navarro (Watford) – £4m

Sebastian Prodl (Watford) – £4m

Winston Reid (West Ham United) – £4m

Winston Reid has had bad luck with injuries in recent seasons
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Ben Johnson (West Ham United) – £4m

Max Kilman (Wolves) – £4m

Midfielders

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Guendouzi has impressed at Arsenal
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Bikir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Beram Kayal (Brighton) – £4.5m

Dale Stephens (Brighton) – £4.5m

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ampadu is a star in the making and will either go out on loan this season or become a first-team regular
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James McCarthy (Everton) – £4.5m

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) – £4.5m

Matty James (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Rafa Camacho (Liverpool) – £4.5m

Tahith Chong (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Chong alongside team-mate Marcus Rashford.
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James Garner (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle) – £4.5m

Todd Cantwell (Norwich) – £4.5m

Mortiz Leitner (Norwich) – £4.5m

Alexander Tettey (Norwich) – £4.5m

Tyreke Johnson (Southampton) – £4.5m

Callum Slattery (Southampton) – £4.5m

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – £4.5m

Luke Amos (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp ended up being in 21 matchday squads for Spurs last season
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Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) – £4.5m

Domingos Quina (Watford) – £4.5m

Carlos Sanchez (Watford) – £4.5m

Grady Diangana (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Leandro Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Dendoncker has done well with Wolves since joining from Anderlecht
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Forwards

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) – £4.5m

Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Greenwood started in United’s match against Cardiff on the final day of the season
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Sam Gallagher (Southampton) – £4.5m

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Xande Silva (West Ham United) – £4.5m