Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Gareth Southgate rates his England attack as one of the best in world football.

Gareth Southgate believes England's forward line is as exciting as any other team in the world.

With Harry Kane leading the line, Raheem Sterling supplying the ammunition from one flank and either Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho on the other, it is unquestionably one of the best English frontlines in memory.

But does Southgate's claim that 'they're as exciting as anything' really stand up to scrutiny? We compare England's attacking options with some of their international rivals.

The manner in which England have breezed through Euro 2020 qualifying - scoring 19 goals in their four matches so far - prompted Southgate's comments last week.

And there certainly is some weight to his argument that an attacking arsenal of Kane, Rashford, Sterling and Sancho is a frightening prospect.

However, as well as they have played during this qualification campaign, it has to be remembered that the opposition being ripped apart are, to put it politely, modest.

When England came up against a higher calibre of opposition, for example Holland and Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League over the summer, they struggled.


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