How did England's hopefuls fare in the Premier League? Gareth Southgate's scouting report
Last Updated: 02/04/18 10:03am
With around six weeks until Gareth Southgate names his squad for the World Cup in Russia, we look at how his England hopefuls got on.
Southgate has until May 14 to give England's 35-man provisional squad to FIFA and needs to whittle it down to 23 by June 4 - two days after England's next friendly against Nigeria.
The England manager, who says he knows "19 or 20" players in his squad already, plans to name his 23-man squad early to ease pressure on preparations. But how did they fare this weekend in the Premier League?
We've had our notebook out over the last few days...
There was an injury blow for Southgate as Adam Lallana lasted just over five minutes after coming on a substitute before picking up a nasty looking injury trying to tackle Luka Milivojevic.
Jordan Henderson, who captained England last week against the Netherlands, completed the full 90 minutes at Selhurst Park, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who also appeared for England during the international break, played 26 minutes as a substitute.
Meanwhile, Joe Gomez missed the game after injuring his ankle on England duty. The 20-year-old was forced off in the early stages of England's 1-0 win in Amsterdam against the Netherlands last Friday and subsequently missed Tuesday's draw with Italy.
Southgate would have been pleased to see Jamie Vardy continue his fine form in front of goal as he tapped in Leicester's second goal to follow on from his strike against Italy. A problem area for England at the moment is left-back and Ben Chilwell's performance might have caught Southgate's eye as he provided the assist for Vicente Iborra's goal.
Harry Maguire enjoyed another fine performance at the heart of defence while Lewis Dunk was largely solid throughout too. It wasn't such a good day for Glenn Murray, though, as he missed a glorious chance and a penalty.
After impressing for England in recent internationals, both Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard were in good form again. At this rate the Manchester United duo should be pushing for starting roles at the World Cup. Luke Shaw, meanwhile, was left on the bench.
Tammy Abraham is an outsider to make the squad but he was influential after coming on at half-time. The striker was twice denied by David De Gea and held the ball up well to get Swansea further up the pitch.
More than two years have passed since his last cap but Jonjo Shelvey gave further ammunition to those clamouring for a fresh England call with another impressive display in the middle.
Short, long, defence-splitting or diagonal, he crafted and stretched play once again with his passing range, even if his influence diminished after the interval - and he shanked a couple of efforts well wide.
The former Liverpool and Swansea man created five chances for his team-mates and Gayle should have done better with the glorious ball that dropped onto his laces midway through the first half.
Newcastle team-mate Jamaal Lascelles has been touted as an outside bet after growing into his captaincy at St James' Park. He admitted he was disappointed not to make the most recent cut but was solid again here, making seven clearances and a key interception.
Former call-up regular Jermain Defoe grabbed a goal, but it was his first since December and only a fourth of the season.
Will Hughes impressed on his return to the starting line-up, but after his injury problems since November he's left his chance too late to even be an outside shot for Russia.
Nick Pope and James Tarkowski returned from international duty with England to play with all the confidence and know-how of two players who have been on the scene for many years.
Tarkowski's only mistake led to Rondon's goal but, alongside Ben Mee, this was another impressive defensive display to enhance his chances of making Southgate's final 23-man squad.
As always there were several Englishmen in Dyche's side, with Aaron Lennon's resurgence likely to come too late while West Brom's Jake Livermore produced moments of quality during a midfield battle with Jack Cork.
The injury concerns surrounding Jack Wilshere could yet force Southgate to select a wildcard in the centre of the pitch, and while West Brom's season now appears an exercise in futility, Livermore still has plenty to play for.
Joe Hart made just his second Premier League appearance since November 29 and kept a clean sheet in front of the watching Southgate.
Ryan Bertrand also faces a battle make the final World Cup squad after Ashley Young's solid performances in the friendlies and he struggled to make an impact for Southampton. West Ham's first two goals came from attacks that developed down his flank.
Kyle Walker was at his blistering best at Goodison Park, continuing his impressive form from the international break, but this time played on the right flank rather than in the central defensive trio. His team-mate Raheem Sterling also starred, scoring City's third goal.
For Everton, Jordan Pickford's struggled with his distribution on his right foot, and though Michael Keane was kept busy, he put in a decent performance in Everton's defence. Theo Walcott showed glimpses of quality, but ultimately failed to get into the game, while Tom Davies featured for just over half an hour.
Stoke's Jack Butland might have been beaten three times in the last 15 minutes, but he could have done little about the two penalties, nor Aubameyang's excellent strike.
Indeed, the goalkeeper enhanced his reputation with a string of fine saves, denying Mkhitaryan at his near post and Ozil from long range as well as rushing off his line to deny Aubameyang. He spilled a first-half ball, which presented Ramsey with a chance, but otherwise Southgate will have been impressed.
From an Arsenal perspective, Wilshere played 76 minutes and captained the team after missing England's fixtures through injury, but Danny Welbeck was disappointing in attack and was substituted on 61 minutes seemingly short of fitness.
Dele Alli sent a message to Southgate with a hugely impressive display against Chelsea. Alli was overlooked for a starting berth for England in friendlies with Netherlands and Italy but struck twice at Stamford Bridge in a performance full of star quality.
Eric Dier provided the assist for Alli's opener with a stunning 60-yard pass while Kieran Trippier was a solid outlet on the right flank. Southgate would have been delighted to see Harry Kane play 15 minutes after returning from injury earlier than expected.
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