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As ever, this represents our estimation of Gareth Southgate’s thoughts. And we feel like we know him well. Numbers in brackets pertain to this ladder from October…
1 (2) Harry Kane
Twelve goals and five assists in eight qualifying games. His goal against Kosovo saw him become the first England player to score in every game of a qualifying campaign and it also took him back to the top of this ladder, mostly because he has never grabbed somebody by the throat in a canteen. Or at least he has never been caught grabbing somebody by the throat in a canteen.
2 (1) Raheem Sterling
Oh you daft bugger. There is no defending that. He is still England’s second-best source of goals and best source of running really fast and scaring the sh*t out of full-backs, mind.
3 (5) Harry Maguire
The only player to feature in all 720 minutes of European qualifying. And yet he still looks about half a second from dropping a bo**ock and a full second slower than most strikers he faces.
A lot of the stick Harry Maguire gets is, quite frankly, unfair. Virgil wasn’t always Capital V Capital V Capital D. He had to cut his teeth and learn his trade at smaller clubs.
In a couple of years, when Maguire moves to a big club, he’ll shine, you’ll see.
— OLSC Durham Region (@OLSC_Durham) November 17, 2019
4 (4) Jordan Pickford
His place is safer than his hands.
5 (6) Marcus Rashford
Three goals in his last three England games as part of a really encouraging return to form. We would be astonished if Rashford is not in every England squad for which he is fit until the end of the next decade at least…
6 (3) Jordan Henderson
Two victories in his absence have damaged his cause a little, but it still feels like Henderson + 2 in that central midfield.
7 (7) Trent Alexander-Arnold
Remarkably, that’s the first time he has started back-to-back England games. Even more remarkably, ‘he’s yet to produce a performance for his country which doesn’t look like this one did – distracted, inaccurate, lacking in the locked-in intensity which seems as standard at Liverpool’ (and I absolutely agree with Seb Stafford-Bloor).
Alexander-Arnold gets a lot of stick for his defending, and rightly so, but you can teach him to improve his defending. Can’t teach what he has with the ball, not at this age.
— #aheadofthecurve (@mediocentr0) November 18, 2019
8 (10) Ben Chilwell
Perhaps those three assists against Montenegro – and solid defensive performance against Kosovo – will put an end to Gareth Southgate’s lingering and needless flirtation with Danny Rose. Chilwell is and should remain England’s first-choice left-back.
9 (18) Harry Winks
Six England caps, six England wins. And a goal and a man-of-the-match performance against Kosovo. It might well be Henderson, Winks + 1 with Declan Rice hopefully sidelined until he learns some of the basics of defensive midfield play.
10 (13) John Stones
‘Needs to play football. Absolutely needs to play football,’ is what I wrote last month. Now back in the Manchester City side and an England recall duly followed.
John Stones Montenegro:
90 Minutes Played
3 Aerial Duels Won
85 Accurate Passes
95% Pass Accuracy
8 Accurate Long Balls#MCFC pic.twitter.com/dIQ8ojiIdg
— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) November 14, 2019
11 (16) Nick Pope
Confirmation that he is England’s No. 2. And a clean sheet is lovely.
12 (17) Joe Gomez
What has become very clear is that Southgate has picked his four centre-halves and Gomez is on that list despite not playing a great deal of Premier League football. Luckily for him, Liverpool have an awful lot of games coming up. He might still be the big man.
13 (8) Jadon Sancho
His form has dipped for Borussia Dortmund and he failed to pad his stats against Montenegro; just one assist from 90 minutes on the wing is not a compelling return from a 7-0 victory. Right now, he has slipped some way behind Rashford.
14 (15) Tyrone Mings
And there’s centre-half No. 4, who has (slightly awkwardly) claimed another cap and another clean sheet. He is literally the big man.
Grew into the game after a nervy start, probably not helped by being dropped last game for no reason
Passing was largely excellent
Two clean sheets in two
Didnt do anything wrong or spectacular, like the rest of the team
Did himself no harm again
Up the Mings
— James (@gortavfc) November 17, 2019
15 (9) Ross Barkley
It’s telling that he has played more minutes in this qualifying campaign than any other midfielder bar Henderson and yet almost nobody thinks he should start for England. Will he eventually be ejected like a stockier Ryan Bertrand? The initials are a clue.
16 (11) Declan Rice
As I wrote last month: ‘He is only 20, so there are caveats, but right now he looks far from good enough to anchor that England midfield. Still, we persuaded him not to be Irish anymore, so his squad place is probably safe for the foreseeable.’ We wanted him to be so much better than Eric Dier; he isn’t.
17 (12) Mason Mount
He has played a part in England’s last six games so he is clearly integrated into this England squad. Unfortunately for him, he has started twice and struggled twice. Fortunately, he can do this from the bench…
A first #ThreeLions goal for @masonmount_10 pic.twitter.com/1MzWLY5KtG
— England (@England) November 17, 2019
18 (14) Kieran Trippier
Called up but then left on the bench. It could be worse; he could be Kyle Walker.
19 (20) Tammy Abraham
His first England goal and confirmation – were it needed – that he is Southgate’s first-choice back-up to Kane.
20 (22) Fabian Delph
Even grown men need a comfort blanket. Let it go, people, let it go…
21 (19) Danny Rose
Clinging onto a place in the squad but for how long? Until Luke Shaw gets and stays fit, you should think. Right now, Rose is holding off Aaron Cresswell and Matt Targett in the battle to be the left-sided fireguard with the thinner chocolate coating.
22 (32) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Back-to-back England starts for the first time since March 2018, when he was set to start in England’s World Cup midfield before injury struck. “We’ve a huge belief in him,” said Southgate. “Whether it’s as a midfield player – where he’s excellent with or without the ball, provides a goalscoring threat, works hard for the team and presses well – or a wide player or a forward player, we’ve got huge belief in him.” And that versatility might well be what keeps in this 23 ahead of more vaunted competition.
23 (23) Tom Heaton
The old man completes the 23. For now.
24 (21) Callum Hudson-Odoi
Reclaimed and then lost his Chelsea place, while his 59 wasteful, hesitant minutes against Kosovo suggested that he might be better getting some more England experience with the Under-21s this season while he searches for his form.
Seems lots of people on this platform don’t quite understand that young players aren’t always going to play well. Especially when they’ve just come back from a long term injury.
Hudson-Odoi will get back to his top level. Just give him time.
— Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra) November 17, 2019
25 (24) Callum Wilson
Nobody takes three strikers for a one-striker system. Especially when the third striker on the list has stopped scoring.
26 (26) James Maddison
Most chances created by Englishmen this season:
Trent Alexander-Arnold (42)
Jack Grealish (25)
James Maddison (24)
Mason Mount (23)
Raheem Sterling (22)
Sorry James, but we don’t think Gareth likes the cut of your gib. Or the gib of…
27 (35) Jack Grealish
Though at least Southgate hinted that Grealish could be the next cab off the attacking midfielder rank. That’s progress.
28 (25) Kyle Walker
Sip sliding away. Slip-sliding a-way.
29 (31) Fikayo Tomori
They definitely didn’t bring him on for a few minutes to claim him from Nigeria (oh yes they did). But most importantly for this ladder, he was in the squad ahead of the falling Michael Keane.
30 (30) Dean Henderson
England’s…No. 4. England’s, England’s No. 4.
31 (29) Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Clearly, Southgate is not a fan of a 90s-style full-back.
32 (34) Dele Alli
Back in the Tottenham side at least. Shame it’s a really poor Tottenham side.
33 (27) Michael Keane
We may never see him in an England shirt again.
Well deserved debut for Tomori. He’s the future of England’s defence, not Michael Keane
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) November 17, 2019
34 (28) Jesse Lingard
We may never see him in an England shirt again.
35 (33) Eric Dier
We may never see him in an England shirt again.
36 (40) Phil Foden
We will surely see him in a (senior) England shirt soon, but first Pep Guardiola needs to give him more than Carabao Cup football.
37 (NE) Aaron Ramsdale
The Bournemouth goalkeeper is making a compelling case for a long-term battle with Henderson.
38 (36) Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Love the player, hate the injury.
39 (37) Luke Shaw
Love the player, hate the injury. And the body type.
40 (42) Dwight McNeil
Most assists by a teenager in Europe’s top five leagues this season:
Jadon Sancho (5)
Dejan Kulusevski (5)
Dwight McNeil (4)
Always a constant threat. pic.twitter.com/uL1io9rqmZ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 12, 2019
41 (41) Rob Holding
42 (38) Angus Gunn
43 (39) Ryan Sessegnon
44 (43) Max Aarons
45 (NE) John Lundstram
46 (NE) Harvey Barnes
47 (44) Reiss Nelson
48 (45) James Tarkowski
49 (47) James Ward-Prowse
50 (50) Phil Neville
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Leeds United are the favourites to win the Championship with odds of around 6/4 across the bookmakers.
That’s perfectly reasonable given the size of the club, how close they came last season, and the pedigree of their manager.
The relegated duo of Fulham and Cardiff are just behind in the betting, with West Brom also heavily fancied to gain promotion.
A word of caution, though, before you lump your mortgage on Leeds to win promotion this season: In the last 19 years, fewer than half of the pre-season promotion favourites have achieved that goal.
Last season, Championship winners Norwich City were an outsider at 25/1 – the biggest outsiders to win it this century actually, and runners-up Sheffield United were 28/1.
The Championship is, quite simply, an incredibly tough competition to predict.
Why is the Championship so unpredictable?
It’s tough to put your finger on any one reason, but it certainly seems to be becoming more unpredictable by the year.
A large reason for that at the moment is the tightening of financial restrictions on clubs, which is causing many to slash their budgets to avoid taking a points deduction similar to that which Birmingham City received last season.
The Blues were docked nine points for ‘breaking Profitability and Sustainability regulations’ after the Football League found they were £9.787m in excess of the permitted financial losses over a three-year period.
Birmingham have since sold their star player, Che Adams, to try and bring their finances back in line with the regulations and they are not the only club forced into such action.
One thing is for sure, though: even if you could identify a specific reason why the Championship was so unpredictable, you’d be crazy to ‘fix’ it.
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