Could these 3 Championship players get in the current England squad?

There has been a bit of a curse in the past when it comes to Championship players getting the dream call up to the England senior squad. The likes of David Nugent and Jay Bothroyd who both made 1 appearance cameos for the Three Lions whilst at Championship level, but is there anyone currently in the Championship could be good enough for a full England call-up? Or at least have the potential to be called up in the near future. 

John Ruddy (Wolves) 

Ruddy is still very young for a goalkeeper at 30 years-old and has a vast amount of experience all across the football leagues with a big chunk of those coming in the Premier League. He does have one international appearance to his name already when he came on as a substitute for Jack Butland back in 2012 and has been involved in several England squads since. Rudy has made a good start to life at Wolves this season as well as earning the captaincy and if ever Gareth Southgate has a goalkeeping dilemma I still feel Ruddy is a viable backup option.

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

At just 17 years-old, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon terrorised Championships defences last season and even chipped in with five goals to his name despite being predominantly a left-back. I think there is no doubt he young prodigy will develop into a winger, which Fulham have deployed him as also, but could he get in the current England squad? I seem to remember a certain Theo Walcott making the 2006 World Cup squad so had Sessegnon perhaps made the move to the Premier League in the summer, you never know. On August 20th last year he became the first ever footballer born in the 2000s to score a goal in a first team game. He’s quick, agile and skillful, and already has 4 goals to his name for the England under-19 side. Perhaps we shouldn’t stick him in the frying pan too soon but there is no doubt the lad has a very bright future.

John Terry (Aston Villa) 

The former Chelsea and England captain may be retired internationally and towards the end of his career, but John Terry who made 78 England appearances, could still do a job in the England squad. This isn’t saying Terry would or should warrant an England call-up but if we are talking about ability, there is no doubt that the leadership and experience that he possesses would still be invaluable to the younger players that are currently in the squad. Now the current Aston Villa leader, Terry faces possibly one of his biggest challenges yet, to help Villa return to the Premier League. There will always be a class above to Terry’s game and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a coaching role available in the England setup in the future.

So that is who we feel warrants or at least potentially warrant a place within the current England squad. Agree or disagree? Let us know who you would pick!

3 Premier League Players who should’ve made the England Squad

The England squad has been announced by Gareth Southgate for the international matches against Slovenia and Lithuania. However, as always when the England squads are announced, people are talking about who is in it who shouldn’t be and who should be in it who aren’t. As well known, the majority of England players come from the Premier League, so here are three Premier League players who could’ve and maybe should’ve been called up by Southgate.

Firstly, Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. Although still early on in the season, and with Shelvey not covering himself in glory with a red card on the first game of the season, the central midfielder has shown he can be a proven Premier League and international player by coming back, showing off his long range passing and tackling, providing a magnificent assist at the weekend which opened the Liverpool defence, showing his capability both defensive and attacking. Looking at others, Delph has made the squad and although he has shown good performances, has only made one Premier League start for Manchester City. So Shelvey, currently proving himself and still developing at the not very old age of 25, could certainly do a job for the three lions.

Leicester City and England star Jamie Vardy is not in the squad for these two games. Vardy certainly should be given a call-up, as the second highest scoring Englishman in the league at the moment with five to his name. He has also put in wonderful performances for the Foxes against the big boys of Liverpool and Chelsea. However, in the form of his life, it looks like nobody will take Harry Kane’s name for the number nine shirt in that starting XI. But Vardy is an excellent impact player, a super-sub which he has shown for both club and country. His pace and power can be used to tear defences to shreds. Therefore, Southgate could’ve seriously missed out.

Also unlucky to make the squad is James Tarkowski of Burnley. The centre-back has been superb since the departure of Michael Keane, winning Man of the Match in the Clarets’ win at Goodison Park and also a crucial part to the side that has taken points off Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. These results, which Tarkowski and his defence have been magnificent in getting, has lifted Burnley to sixth. Surely worth a go for England?

Other mentions could be that of Tammy Abraham, Andre Grey, Alex Iwobi, the list could go on. Leave your thoughts in the comments below

Who are the 3 best strikers in the Championship?

As another thrilling Championship season gets underway we take a look at who are currently the best strikers in the division. The Championship is near impossible to predict and the top scorer charts is also one of those things. Last season we had the likes of Chris Wood, Dwight Gayle and Tammy Abraham, Wood and Abraham especially I don’t think anyone expected to have the seasons they had. 

We have of course had some front runners in the top scorer charts that have got off to flying starts such as Bristol City’s Bobby Reid, Hull City’s  Jarrod Bowen and Ipswich Town’s Martyn Waghorn but this is who currently I believe are the three best strikers in the division:

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) 

Since his move from Watford to Southend, Britt Assombalonga has been terrorising Football League defences ever since scoring a total of 73 goals since 2012 with Southend, Peterborough, Nottingham Forest and now Middlesbrough. A record signing in the Championship, after singing for £15 million from Forest, Assombalonga has started this campaign brightly with 5 goals in 8 appearances so far for Garry Monk’s side. Middlesbrough, themselves, haven’t had the brightest of starts but if he can stay fit, Assombalonga will be crucial to their success this season.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Vila)

Jonathan Kodjia is certainly a man who knows where the net is at this level. After joining Bristol City from Ligue 2 outfit, Angers in 2015, he scored an impressive 19 goals in his debut season and Kodjia, now at Aston Villa,  had a solid season last time out  as well netting another 19 goals in 36 appearances. There seems to be a much unwanted expectation on the Ivorian’s head, which will come from playing for a big club like Aston Villa, but if he can keep his head down stick to playing football, Kodjia really will be imperative to Villa’s chances this season.

Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) 

Many may feel this is a contentious one but I really think Daryl Murphy is an underrated striker these days. The 34 year-old is a very experienced head at this level and has scored a lot of goals in it. The former Ipswich man scored 50 goals in 127 appearances including a wonderful 2014-15 campaign in which he netted 27 goals. Now at Nottingham Forest, Murphy has made an impressive start to life in the East Midlands scoring 6 goals in his opening 11 appearances. The Irish international will have a pivotal part to play for Forest this season with experience being something they lacked last term.

So there is our 3 best strikers currently in the Championship. It will be a different list come the end of the season I’m sure with the likes of Wolves forwards Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini that look like they are going to have stellar seasons.

Let us know your top 3 strikers in the Championship below!

The best striker in the Premier League

This is arguably one of the hardest questions in football. Strikers are the players who get the most attention, which hots up this debate. How do you judge strikers? Goals, types of goals, their play on or off the ball? Due to the greatness of this debate, there is no definitive answer. However, we can see who is right up there.

3. Sergio Aguero

The Argentinian forward has already put his name into Manchester City’s and the Premier League’s history. He did in his first season with the infamous goal against QPR. In all of his seasons in England bar one, he has scored approximately 30 goals per campaign. He is also one goal away currently from Eric Brook’s Manchester City all-time scorers record. Aguero is capable of carving open the best defences and striking past the best goalkeepers in the world. He has found magnificent partnerships with David Silva, Edin Dzeko and now Gabriel Jesus. Now approaching 30, it is clear to see that the longevity of Aguero and how consistent he is at scoring goals on a regular basis, as well as being part of a magnificent team, is the reason he has to be up there. Not just best strikers in the league right now, but ever, next to Shearer and Zola.

2. Harry Kane

Harry Kane is arguably the best English out and out striker the Premier League has had since Shearer. Kane burst onto the scene in 2013/14 as a young Spurs prospect and just hasn’t stopped scoring. Playing for the club he supported as a young boy, he has proven himself to be Spurs’ most vital player, making the number 10 shirt his own, as well as the England number nine shirt. Like Aguero, he has formed magnificent partnerships with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. He has consecutively won the previous two golden boots. Although he is yet to show the world what he can do on an international level at a major tournament, his fans in England certainly are aware, as do those who are seeing him in European competitions. . There are no games now where he is not expected to score, or assist, as he is an excellent team player, working so hard even getting down the flanks crossing it for teammates, as well as being there in the middle. In his relatively short time he has shown he is worthy of being called “world class” and nobody can argue with that.

  1. Romelu Lukaku

This Belgian man has it all. He has pace, he has vision and can squeeze into the tiniest gaps in defences, he has shot power, strength, everything. Although a “flop” at Chelsea, he has shown himself worthy for West Brom, Everton and now Manchester United, unlike the other two strikers who have only played for one club. Wherever Lukaku has gone, he’s succeeded and after putting himself into Everton folklore, he looks to have found his place at Old Trafford, scoring 15 in 12 so far this season in all competitions. He went to United to win trophies. Will he? How long will his scoring streak last? Also, the world is yet to see him partner up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Have we left anyone out? Who do you think should be up on the list. Costa while he’s still here? Morata? Lacazette? Let us know in the comments section

Owls on International duty

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a rib injury for the upcoming games against Moldova and Wales.

The former Coventry and Sunderland stopper withdrew from Martin O’Neil’s squad on Monday. Westwood is ever improving and it is a well-known fact that O’Neil is a big supporter of the 32-year-old.

Westwood has missed the Owls last two games a 4-2 defeat in the Sheffield derby and Sundays 3-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are gearing up for two crucial ties with Scotland against Slovakia and Slovenia on Thursday and Sunday still in the hope that the Playoffs are still available.

O’Neil said when speaking about Westwood “I am disappointed to lose Kieran he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a great lad to have in and around the dressing room we wish him the best of luck in his recovery”

Fletcher and Bannan did not take part in Monday’s training session at Hampden Park due to recovery time being given due to the Leeds fixture but are set to take part in today’s (Tuesdays) session.

Another Owl in International duty is young England international George Hirst as he was named in Paul Simpson’s squad for games against Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday and Monday respectively.


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