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England youngsters impressing

15 November 2019 | Euro Qualifiers | Opinion
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England youngsters impressing
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On Thursday night, England hammered Montenegro 7-0 to qualify for Euro 2020. In truth, the Three Lions have been a cut above the other teams in the group.

Their only blip in Group A was a 2-1 defeat in the Czech Republic. The other games Gareth Southgate’s team have won with ease and swagger.

What was promising for England was the fact that their starting line-up was so young. In fact, the Three Lions starting eleven was the youngest ever featured in a World Cup or European Championship game with an average age of 23 years and 255 days.

England impressed at last summers World Cup by making the semi-finals of the tournament. Since then, boss Southgate has integrated some bright young players, who are enjoying promising starts to their careers.

Against Montenegro, the likes of Harry Winks and Mason Mount impressed, having previously featured very little for the national team. England’s wingers Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have featured more regularly. However, the pair still put in stellar displays, specifically Rashford who the Montenegrin defence struggled to subdue.

The qualifiers may have been against inferior opposition, but there now seems a better balance to the team than at the World Cup, even without one of their star players in Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.

Another positive aspect of the game was the fact that more youngsters in the shape of Joe Gomez, James Maddison and Tammy Abraham also gained some minutes in the international game.

The latter pair impressed. Maddison brought his flair and creativity to the party, while Abraham scored his first international goal for England. Nobody will get carried away by England’s results against the teams in Group A.

The real test of England’s promising crop of youngsters will be at Euro 2020. However, the signs are positive that the young Three Lions team will not be overawed by many teams in the international game.

Predictions for Euro Qualifiers

Home team - Away team Forebet
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GermanyN. Ireland
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1
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HollandEstonia
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1
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GibraltarSwitzerland
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2
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IrelandDenmark
18/11/2019 19:45
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Euro Qualifiers - predictions, tips, statistics
Euro Qualifiers Group A
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. England 21 8 7 0 1 37 6 31
2. Czech Rep 15 8 5 0 3 13 11 2
3. Kosovo 11 8 3 2 3 13 16 -3
4. Bulgaria 6 8 1 3 4 6 17 -11
5. Montenegro 3 8 0 3 5 3 22 -19
Euro Qualifiers Group I
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Belgium 30 10 10 0 0 40 3 37
2. Russia 24 10 8 0 2 33 8 25
3. Scotland 15 10 5 0 5 16 19 -3
4. Cyprus 10 10 3 1 6 15 20 -5
5. Kazakhstan 10 10 3 1 6 13 17 -4
6. San Marino 0 10 0 0 10 1 51 -50
Euro Qualifiers Group H
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. France 25 10 8 1 1 25 6 19
2. Turkey 23 10 7 2 1 18 3 15
3. Iceland 19 10 6 1 3 14 11 3
4. Albania 13 10 4 1 5 16 14 2
5. Andorra 4 10 1 1 8 3 20 -17
6. Moldova 3 10 1 0 9 4 26 -22
Euro Qualifiers Group G
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Poland 25 10 8 1 1 18 5 13
2. Austria 19 10 6 1 3 19 9 10
3. North Macedonia 14 10 4 2 4 12 13 -1
4. Slovenia 14 10 4 2 4 16 11 5
5. Israel 11 10 3 2 5 16 18 -2
6. Latvia 3 10 1 0 9 3 28 -25
Euro Qualifiers Group F
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Spain 26 10 8 2 0 31 5 26
2. Sweden 21 10 6 3 1 23 9 14
3. Norway 17 10 4 5 1 19 11 8
4. Romania 14 10 4 2 4 17 15 2
5. Malta 3 10 1 0 9 3 27 -24
6. Faroe Islands 3 10 1 0 9 4 30 -26
Euro Qualifiers Group E
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Croatia 17 8 5 2 1 17 7 10
2. Wales 14 8 4 2 2 10 6 4
3. Slovakia 13 8 4 1 3 13 11 2
4. Hungary 12 8 4 0 4 8 11 -3
5. Azerbaijan 1 8 0 1 7 5 18 -13
Euro Qualifiers Group D
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Switzerland 17 8 5 2 1 19 6 13
2. Denmark 16 8 4 4 0 23 6 17
3. Ireland 13 8 3 4 1 7 5 2
4. Georgia 8 8 2 2 4 7 11 -4
5. Gibraltar 0 8 0 0 8 3 31 -28
Euro Qualifiers Group C
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Germany 21 8 7 0 1 30 7 23
2. Holland 19 8 6 1 1 24 7 17
3. N. Ireland 13 8 4 1 3 9 13 -4
4. Belarus 4 8 1 1 6 4 16 -12
5. Estonia 1 8 0 1 7 2 26 -24
Euro Qualifiers Group B
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Ukraine 20 8 6 2 0 17 4 13
2. Portugal 17 8 5 2 1 22 6 16
3. Serbia 14 8 4 2 2 17 17 0
4. Luxembourg 4 8 1 1 6 7 16 -9
5. Lithuania 1 8 0 1 7 5 25 -20
Euro Qualifiers Group J
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Italy 30 10 10 0 0 37 4 33
2. Finland 18 10 6 0 4 16 10 6
3. Greece 14 10 4 2 4 12 14 -2
4. Bosnia-Herzegovina 13 10 4 1 5 20 17 3
5. Armenia 10 10 3 1 6 14 25 -11
6. Liechtenstein 2 10 0 2 8 2 31 -29

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