January 16, 2021

Four English players who impressed against the Republic of Ireland

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Four English players who impressed against the Republic of Ireland – originally published on Sportslens.com...

Four English players who impressed against the Republic of Ireland – originally published on Sportslens.com

The international break is often not an exciting time for fans of the English national team. The friendlies are often boring and uninspiring, with everyone begging for the Premier League to return. However, Thursday night's triumph against the Republic of Ireland was somewhat different.

While it did not match the emotions of the Scottish Euro 2020 qualifier, it was a formidable feat on Gareth Southgate's side that resulted in a 3-0 win. If this level can be maintained in the upcoming games against Belgium and Iceland, it will be two very positive weeks for the three Lions.

One thing friendlies are good for is experimentation. It gives the manager a chance to try new systems and the players a chance to prove their worth. In Southgate's severely weakened starting XI, many substitutes have made their claim to a starting place in the future.

Bukayo Saka

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka, who was just making his second appearance in the senior national team, showed a man of the match ad in the lower left corner and won a penalty for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

With the wings, Saka might be better off aiming for a seat with a full back. Chelsea's Ben Chilwell appears to be the left-back's first choice but should he be injured the 19-year-old could step on the plate.

Jack Grealish

  Jack Grealish
Grealish is finally here Gareth Southgate has left his mark on international football

and has been criticized a lot for constantly omitting Jack Grealish. However, if he continues to show such exhibitions, he will certainly secure his place in the Euro 2020 squad.

Grealish looked confident every time he was on the ball, often trying to drive forward and create opportunities. While his final product was a little off, he pulled out a few more magical moments and registered an assistant for Jadon Sancho.

Mason Mount

Mount played a central role on Thursday.

Thursday night, Gareth Southgate finally saw Drop the use of 2 defensive midfielders – much to the relief of any spectator – and opt for the far more technical Harry Winks and Mason Mount instead.

The latter was superb in the middle of the park and looked more effective in the center than on the right. The Chelsea man kept things ticking in midfield and provided enough energy and serenity to comfortably fend off his opponents.

Harry Maguire

In contrast to the names mentioned above, Harry Maguire is one of the most experienced minds in the camp in England. In fact, he was the only player from the 2018 World Cup squad to play against the Republic of Ireland.

It has not been easy for Maguire lately, neither internationally nor nationally, this season and after a first game. With the half red card against Denmark in October, many called for the £ 85 million man to be dropped.

He responded delicately to those calls, scoring the first goal and showing a calm display in the heart of the defense.

] What's next for England?

Belgium versus England (November 15, Nations League)
England versus Iceland (November 18th, Nations League)

Here you can watch all the games of the Nations League live .

By Sportslens.com – Football News | Football blog

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