England had a very successful international break beating both the USA in a friendly and Croatia in the UEFA Nations League to go through to finals of the competition.
The match against the USA saw the last ever appearance of Wayne Rooney, who came on in 57th minute for his 120th cap.
Here are the five things we learnt from England’s international break:
The future looks good: The young and new talent that England have is incredible. This is shown in the teams that England put for both games. Players like Jadon Sancho and Trent Alexander-Arnold have stepped up the national team and look at home in the squad. Alongside them are Ben Chilwell, Harry Winks, Lewis Dunk, Callum Wilson and others who have recently made their debuts and have impressed. The future certainly looks bright and with new blood coming through, it can
Callum Wilson looked good on his debut: A player that many believed deserved a chance at international level and finally was given the chance. The highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League so far this season, he more than earned it and he didn’t disappoint. His hold up play was brilliant and he challenged the defenders. He did miss a couple of good chances to score, but he made up for it taking the toughest chance of the lot just before being substituted. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we see him in an England shirt. He deserves a run in the side especially after the season he is having. He is the prime example of hard work especially all the bad injuries he has had the past few years.
Harry Kane is capable of breaking Wayne Rooney’s goal record: After scoring the winning goal against Croatia, Harry Kane moved up to 20 goals scored for the national team and only has 35 caps for England. Wayne Rooney currently holds the record of most goals with 53, but he has 120 caps. Harry Kane easily has a better goal scoring per cap ratio and it is more than likely to get the goals as he has plenty of time left in his England career to score the remaining 33 goals to catch up and possibly surpass him. He certainly has the talent to do so.
A good centre half partnership is forming: England used to struggle picking a centre back partnership in recent years because for one reason or another it would fail. However, it looks like they have found a partnership that works at the moment. The pairing of Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and Manchester City’s John Stones worked really well during the match against Croatia. They both looked relatively comfortable on the ball and kept shape well. As well as this, Ben Chilwell looks to have cemented his place as a first choice left back with a great performance in the same match.
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A throw in coach might be a good idea: Remember the name Thomas Gronnemark? He is the man Liverpool hired to help improve their throw-ins. When he was appointed, they were ridiculed by many. However, it proved to come in useful when it came to England’s equaliser against Croatia. The goal came from a long throw by Liverpool defender Joe Gomez. Gronnemark holds the Guinness World Record for the longest football throw in and you can tell that his training helped Gomez produce the throw that led to Jesse Lingard’s goal.