Another debut dished out by Southgate – the Arsenal star only played against Wales and looked shaky at the start – totally understandable – although did grow into the game. Missed the first game as one of the ‘house party’ trio, and only used a substitute for the next two games, possibly being made an example of by Southgate. We have had a fantastic week up here in Middlesbrough, a great balance of being able to relax and connect as a group but get good quality work on the training pitch. Southgate sees Dier as a player with great authority as well as versatility. Being involved in all three shows Southgate is definitely keen on him, and he caught the eye against the Danes before souring his day by being sent off after the final whistle. Gareth Bale wearing a Southampton Youth Cup final shirt in April 2005 at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff. However, he remains close to Russian owner Roman Abramovich, sitting in front of him at May’s Champions League final and celebrating Chelsea’s win over Man City with the Billionaire.
On the same day, Manchester City play Bayern Munich in what is being branded as the ‘Audi Football Summit’ in Miami. He only featured in the Belgium game before being subbed for Reece James late on. He was punished by missing the Wales clash but welcomed back into training ahead of Belgium. Not spectacular in either of his two starts against Belgium and Denmark, but on his day the Manchester United star can give you quality out of nothing. Superb in that game and picked to start against Denmark, making some important interceptions. There is good news if you’re a Virgin customer – Premier Sports has been made free for two months as of July 21, so you can easily follow each game in the competition. Mitchell was a schoolboy Chelsea player and a qualified football coach as well as having a PhD in sports psychology from Cardiff Metropolitan University. His nation is hard-drinking and sports mad, and its most famous athlete of all time is also the country’s coach Andriy Shevchenko, who is the nation’s record scorer, also stood in elections after he retired and is close friends with oligarch Roman Abramovich, who signed him for Chelsea. Missed out on all three games after being one of the players who attended Tammy Abraham’s party, breaching the ‘Rule of Six’ imposed by the Government due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then had to return to the Chelsea squad through injury.
The pictures, taken before the World Cup squad trained on Monday, show Eric Dier and captain Harry Kane being stretched and strapped before the session. Trent, Tripps (Kieran Trippier), H (Harry Kane). Kane was initially expected to be out of action until the middle of march, but a meticulous training regime could see him make a return ahead of schedule. The Arsenal starlet came on for Michael Owen in the 65th minute in a warm-up match but didn’t play any part in the finals as England crashed out on penalties in the quarter-finals. Always a proud moment to get your England debut as the Arsenal star did as a substitute against Wales before his full debut came against Denmark. Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko is the team’s biggest star, current captain and married to a woman considered the world’s most beautiful WAG. Such an important player for England, and beginning to look capable of transferring the form he has shown for Manchester City to the international stage. You’d imagine him starting alongside Maguire in big tournaments but Southgate may have to reshuffle his pack if their form doesn’t take an upturn. It may seem unnecessary to outsiders.
The Manchester City forward ended a 31-game scoring drought for England with a stunning double against Spain in Seville last October, and is part of a fearsome England front three alongside Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane. Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho were part of the revered Under-17 World Cup winning team of 2017; Mason Mount was part of the Under-19 European Championship-winning England team the same year; and Dominic Solanke was part of the 2017 Under-20 World Cup-winning team and was the tournament’s best player. But Southgate will be well aware of his quality and danger from deliveries after winning the Premier League last year – a few games won’t change his opinion. Perhaps it is significant that Southgate felt compelled to hand him the No 7 jersey. Spurs released a limited edition Nike NFL jersey with Kane’s name on the back in November which was made available for a hefty price of £95.