England World Cup Watch: Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane fail to fire
Last Updated: 07/05/18 9:23am
How did England's World Cup hopefuls fare over the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season?
Gareth Southgate has until May 14 to give England's 35-man provisional squad to FIFA and needs to whittle it down to 23 players by June 4.
So who has improved their chances of making the team and who might have work to do?
Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace
Jack Butland didn't have much to do aside from the two goals, but will this be his last home game for Stoke? There have been reports that newly-promoted Wolves are interested in signing England's potential No 1 goalkeeper at the World Cup, and relegation could affect his future.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was impressive again for Palace and surely must be in with a chance of making Southgate's squad.
Bournemouth 1-0 Swansea
Lewis Cook played the full 90 minutes for Bournemouth.
Alfie Mawson did not have his best afternoon for the Swans, giving away the free-kick which led to Ryan Fraser's 37th-minute winner. Tammy Abraham came off the bench in the 59th minute but failed to make an impact as his side missed out on the chance to ease their relegation fears.
Leicester 0-2 West Ham
Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy both played the full 90 minutes, and despite the defeat, the defender did not do too much wrong. Vardy did very little, but was starved of service from his team-mates more than his own performance. Aaron Cresswell also did well despite a bizarre handball booking, while Andy Carroll made a decent 20 minute cameo after a turbulent week.
Watford 2-1 Newcastle
Jonjo Shelvey was absent in the first half, but impressed in the second with some trademark crossfield passing. Shelvey has that knack of finding strikers in-behind even the deepest line of defence, but the feeling is Southgate is likely not to risk the Newcastle man in Russia.
West Brom 1-0 Tottenham
At what point will Southgate start to fret over Harry Kane's form? The man most likely to captain England this summer endured another frustrating day, missing a great chance in the first half and almost scoring an own goal. Dele Alli was also subdued on the day but it was a surprise when he and not Erik Lamela was withdrawn.
Danny Rose was handed a rare start but was fortunate to last the 90 minutes after pushing Allan Nyom in the face. Kieran Trippier was the best player of Spurs' English contingent.
For West Brom, Jake Livermore did his chances of earning a World Cup call-up no harm with the winning goal.
Everton 1-1 Southampton
Jordan Pickford could do little about Nathan Redmond's goal after half-time, and made several smart saves.
Michael Keane was fairly solid in the Everton backline, but let Nathan Redmond go for a free header for his goal.
Brighton 1-0 Manchester United
Ashley Young was left exposed as most of Brighton's attacks came down United's left, while Chris Smalling did his chances no harm but didn't overly impress.
Marcus Rashford struggled to make an influence in the game as Jose Mourinho gave him a rare chance up front, while Jesse Lingard came off the bench in the second half.
Glenn Murray, who has a outside chance of making the squad if there are injury issues for England up front, held the ball up well and put in an impressive performance with just a week and a half until the squad is announced.
Manchester City 0-0 Huddersfield
John Stones made his first Premier League start since late Janaury and if the young defender thought he was in for a relaxing Sunday stroll, Huddersfield's high press would have come as a shock. But Stones was calm under pressure and good in possession before City withdrew him in search of a winner. Guardiola admitted afterwards that the centre-back was substituted due to fatigue rather than any injury recurrence.
Kyle Walker tried his best to inject some urgency into a game that lacked intensity, and his delivery from the right caused problems to the Huddersfield defence especially in the first half.
Raheem Sterling entered the game fresh from his manager defending recent claims of him going over inside the box too easily, and the forward very nearly won his side a spot-kick in the opening period after a challenge from Terence Kongolo. He was close to another far-post tap-in in the first half - denied by a deflection off Mathias Jorgensen - and he worked tirelessly in search of an opener which never came.
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
Gary Cahill marshalled the Chelsea defence well and helped restrict Liverpool to shots from distance, in the main, as he tried to force his way back into Southgate's World Cup plans.
Trent Alexander-Arnold showed his versatility as he started in midfield for Liverpool but produced an up-and-down performance against a disciplined Chelsea midfield. Nathaniel Clyne put in a steady first-half display in his first start of the season but tired in the second and could have left it too late to make it to Russia. Jordan Henderson replaced him for the final half an hour and moved the ball quickly as Liverpool pressed in vain for an equaliser.
Arsenal 5-0 Burnley
Jack Wilshere put in a fine display for Arsenal, with a trademark burst from midfield for the third goal the highlight. He's odds-on to go to Russia, and on this showing, he will be no doubt be a threat to opposition defences.
After a fine season, James Tarkowski had an afternoon to forget for Burnley. He and his defensive team-mates allowed Arsenal far too much space on several occasions inside the box, and with just a week until the squad announcement, the timing is bad.
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