Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell both impressed, but Phil Foden starred in England’s Andorra spanking. It wasn’t such a good night for Jesse Lingard …
Had to get his knees dirty / burned with a nice late night parade which it turned out didn’t matter as the Andorran shooter was half a mile offside. He was then the first England goalkeeper to register an assist when he tossed the ball into the opponent’s half for Jack Grealish to score his first international goal. Three internationals, three goals conceded for England’s number 2.
With Phil foden and Bukayo Saka in front of him, didn’t need to bombard England’s skipper any further, except to prevent boredom. England focused their attack on the opposing flank, so that Trippier’s forwards forwards were fleeting, instead the Atletico Madrid defender sat behind Foden to give Chilwell significantly more freedom on the left.
Hardly tested defensively in his hour on the plastic, but picked up a stupid booking shortly before half-time and ate the bait on another Andorran niggle. Ward-Prowse and Foden didn’t need to dribble into midfield, both of whom were keen to get possession of the ball from deep below.
The Wolves defender was not at his best at club level and he hardly needed to be at his best in Andorra. His most notable contributions were England’s first attempt at scoring with a header from a Ward-Prowse free-kick and elbowing, which Marc Rebes tried to try but somehow avoided a second yellow card. .
Chelsea defender had a decent week – God knows he needed it. He scored a goal for Chelsea last weekend with his first for England which got the ball rolling, but it wasn’t until after a lengthy VAR check that he finally decided Sancho was on board. Chilwell, who had more keys than anyone else on the court, and Sancho combined very effectively on the left, from which England’s greatest threat came, especially since Foden wanted to switch games every time he was allowed to raise his head. A very positive evening for Chilwell after spending the European Championship as the third choice in a squad with two left-backs.
With no defensive midfielder required, Ward-Prowse prevailed over Jordan Henderson and the Saints star offered a controlled performance at the base of Gareth Southgate‘s midfield, keeps the ball moving while seated, giving Foden and Jesse Lingard the freedom to search for space. Ward-Prowse hardly needed to break in, and he performed his duties exactly as Southgate would have liked. Made the top scorer list but only by ruining the Andorra goalkeeper’s big moment by hitting a rebound after his penalty was saved.
They would have helped Foden find Shergar with one of his diagonals from a lower position to the right of Ward-Prowse. The City star was compared to Tom Brady at halftime by Roy Keane. Just a sensational player in wonderful form that Southgate needs to find a place in its best XI for. Seeing him succeed in a quarterback role should improve his prospect of more international minutes.
No shots or key passes on a disappointing evening for Lingard in a roaming role starting from the left, but while England favored that cross so heavily, the Manchester United attacker struggled to get the ball, let alone a pass or to penetrate a dribble.
Report: Andorra 0-5 England
Netted England’s runner-up with a fine finish after an even cuter first touch. But it’s hard to remember another important contribution the Arsenal striker made – I had to check in the second half that I hadn’t missed his substitution. It obviously didn’t help Saka that England’s attack was weighed so heavily on the left, with the 20-year-old having two-thirds the number of touches Sancho made at 20 minutes more than his teammate.
Patrick Bamford struggled to impress against Andorra last time and Abraham was also well tied in the first half. Which would have been a problem at halftime as it was drawn by a 41 year old who looked twice this. So it would have been a great relief to lose his experienced coach just before the hour to push Sancho’s cross past the flat-footed goalkeeper from Andorra. His goal was, quite simply, to tell the difference between a good night and a bad night. With all the offensive options Southgate had at their disposal, Abraham just had to find the net no matter what else he was doing outside the box, where sometimes he didn’t have the edge of a player who is finally enjoying regular football.
After the winger, who played on the left, realizing that Andorra was sh * t, Sancho started strutting, showing the kind of confidence we haven’t seen from him in a Manchester United shirt. He and Chilwell took turns charging inside when Foden took possession of the ball and Sancho began to enjoy walking on his full-back, eventually ending Chus Rubio’s life with the dirtiest nutmegs. Ildefons Lima’s 41-year-old hamstring suffered a similar fate when Sancho whizzed past him after pitching Abraham for his goal.
Ildefons Lima (41 years old) was burned by Sancho and then his hamstring went down pic.twitter.com/Kr8hK2foxU
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Fikayo Tomori (for Stones, 60)
The center-back became the fifth AC Milan player to represent England and none of the four who preceded him could have made easier debuts.
Jack Grealish (for Sancho, 72)
The £ 100 million star came off the bench looking like he was playing around 70 percent but still won a penalty and scored his first international goal. All too easy for him.
Bricklayer holder (for Lingard 72)
Struggled to get the ball in a similar way to Lingard, especially with Grealish in front of him and Chilwell who continued to overlap.
Ollie Watkins (for Abraham, 80)
Almost at the end of a low Grealish delivery while desperately looking for an opening for 10 minutes.