England XI that should start against Czech Republic and Bulgaria, according to statistics


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England are gearing up to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in their next two Euro 2020 qualifiers in the hope of continuing their 100 per cent start to their campaign.

The Three Lions have scored 19 goals in their opening four games, and can secure a place at the Euro 2020 with wins over their eastern European opponents.

Southgate will be hoping England continue their perfect start

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Southgate will be hoping England continue their perfect start

Somewhat surprisingly, Kosovo have been no pushovers in the qualifying stages thus far, beating both the Bulgarians and the Czechs in their last two games prior to the defeat to England.

And this international break could prove to be pivotal in the race to who will be joining Gareth Southgate’s men next summer.

But who should start for England in these matches according to the stats? talkSPORT.com. with the help of WhoScored, has looked at the stats to identify the best Three Lions XI from the data…

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Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Nick Pope

Clarets keeper Pope hasn’t put a foot wrong all season and has been a standout performer for Sean Dyche’s side, having picked up the joint-most clean sheets (3) so far.

The 27-year-old is also ranked as the best performing English shot-stopper so far this season, having been given a 6.89 rating.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Tarkowski, Fikayo Tomori, Ben Chilwell

Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold is enjoying another stellar campaign in the Premier League.

He has one goal and two assists this campaign and earns a 7.38 rating on WhoScored – the highest of any other English defender.

Burnley defender Tarkowski has also had a solid campaign so far, helping his side to three clean sheets so far this season.

The defender has a 7.07 average rating this season.

Alexander-Arnold has been brilliant once again this season

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Alexander-Arnold has been brilliant once again this season

Partnering Tarkowski at the back is Chelsea central defender Tomori – who has a 7.16 average rating so far this season.

The Englishman has been a revelation for the Blues this season, putting in some assured displays at the back to cement himself as the first choice for Frank Lampard and earn a call-up to the England squad.

Leicester left-back Chilwell completes the back line with a rating of 6.88.

The 22-year-old has been delivering some consistently solid displays on the left-flank.

Midfielders: Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, James Maddison

Chelsea youngster Mount is having a sublime campaign and netted his fourth goal of the season against Southampton last time out

The 20-year-old has a 7.35 rating this season so far, the second best average rating of any English attacking midfielder.

In third on that list is Aston Villa captain Grealish, who is enjoying his return to the Premier League and impressed against Norwich last time out.

Grealish will surely be hoping for an England call-up in the near future

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Grealish will surely be hoping for an England call-up in the near future

The Birmingham-born playmaker has been given a 7.27 rating by WhoScored.

Completing the midfield trio is Maddison, who has two goals and two assists this season already.

The former Coventry man has been central to Brendan Rodgers’ side’s brilliant form this campaign and has a 7.42 average rating – the best of any English attacking midfielder.

Forwards: Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Tammy Abraham

Sterling has become a talisman for both Manchester City and England and it is unsurprising the winger has some of the best stats of any player in the Premier League.

Sterling has an average rating of 7.75 – the fourth best of any player in the Premier League in total on WhoScored’s stats.

On the other wing is Sancho, the only player to make the England squad who is not playing in the Premier League, and he has a rating of 7.63 for his displays.

Sterling has become a talisman for England and Man City

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Sterling has become a talisman for England and Man City

Sancho has continued his brilliant form into the 2019/20 campaign, having already notched up five goals and three assists this season.

Abraham is another Chelsea starlet who has excelled under Frank Lampard and he has the superb rating of 7.47 on WhoScored.

The 22-year-old has bagged eight goals this season, with his latest a delightful chip against Southampton.

Have a look at the full line-up below…

Is this how England should line up against the Czech Republic?

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