Stats show Man United captain Wayne Rooney and Spurs star Harry Kane should be worried
Stats show Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane wouldn't make England side based on their stats at start of the season
Roy Hodgson is set to announce his England squad on Tuesday for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have analysed the stats from the opening Premier League games to see which international regulars have been under-performing, and which players have shown the form to warrant consideration.
Should selection come down to current form or experience? Or will we see the same names in Hodgson’s squad, irrespective of their recent performance levels at club level?
Looking at the cold hard stats, it is apparent that a few surprises emerge. Primarily the exclusions of Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane, simply because others are performing to a higher standard.
In goal, Joe Hart’s position is safe. With three clean sheets and still yet to concede a Premier League goal this season, Hart retains the number one jersey. The Manchester City keeper has made five saves and 12 successful claims this season.
There are no shocks at full-back as Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw feature. However, in the heart of central defence Aston Villa’s Micah Richards and Chris Smalling of Manchester United partner up at the expense of Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Phil Jagielka and John Stones.
Richards has made an impressive 13 clearances this term, while Smalling has been the heartbeat of Manchester United’s defence, making a massive 26 clearances this season.
The midfield lines up with Ross Barkley as the only international regular to feature. The Everton youngster has started the season well scoring two goals, making one assist and completing 85% of his passes this season.
On the right is Norwich’s Nathan Redmond. The England Under-21 regular has returned to the Premier League with a bang after scoring two goals, making one assist and completing seven take-ons.
On the left sits Marc Albrighton of Leicester City. The 25-year-old appears a man reborn this season, netting once and making three goals for his side.
Protecting the back four is Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey. The midfielder has completed 168 passes at a rate of 88%. He has also made an impressive 12 key passes this season.
Up top Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane miss out to the unlikely duo of Sunderland’s Jermaine Defoe and Callum Wilson of newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Disappointing starts to the campaign have seen England’s expected first-choice duo, Rooney and Kane, fail to find one goal between them this season despite a total of 13 shots. Rooney sits on a disappointing 50% shot accuracy, with Kane at an even more miserable 40%.
In contrast, Defoe and Wilson have impressed.
The Sunderland forward has netted two goals in three games with a 50% strike-rate and a 100% shot accuracy from his four shots. However, at 32, is Defoe still a viable option for England at international level?
At Bournemouth, the one capped Under-21 Wilson has netted three goals, a hat-trick away to West Ham. His strike-rate sits at 43%, while his shot accuracy stands at 80% from his seven shots. Is it too early for an England call-up for the 23-year-old?
It’s unlikely that Hodgson’s starting XI against either San Marino or Switzerland will feature many of these players, however, they all have good reason to believe that an England call-up is within reach after their impressive starts to the season.
Will Hodgson play it safe and select the under-performing likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane or will we see a few fresh faces welcomed into the England setup on the back of the fine form that they have shown in the opening games this season?
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