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The Premier League starlets in line to make their England debut this week

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, English Premier League 4 Oct 2020

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With another action-packed weekend of Premier League fixtures behind us, all eyes from across the country will turn their attention to Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Desperate to make a return to winning ways after having to settle for a point away in Denmark last month, England face back-to-back Nations League matchups against Belgium and the Danes. However, Southgate also has the perfect opportunity to test the water in midweek.

Before they welcome the world number one’s to Wembley on Sunday, England will play host to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad in the capital on Thursday night.

While both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood might have been left at home after their off-field antics out in Iceland last month, the Three Lions do have some new faced who will be desperate to earn their first cap this week.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton

While James Rodriguez’s arrival at Goodison Park might have been branded as a stroke of genius from Carlo Ancelotti, there is no doubt that one of Everton’s brightest starlets has played a vital part in their stunning start to the New Year.

With Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho making it clear that he wants Harry Kane to be rewarded with a rest while away on international duties, Dominic Calvert-Lewin certainly deserves the chance to deputise up top.

Once again getting on the scoresheet in Everton’s 4-2 victory against Brighton over the weekend, the former Sheffield United starlet has enjoyed a blistering start to the 2020/2021 campaign and looks a shoo-in for September’s Player of the Month award.

Already picking up two separate hat-tricks across all competitions, the 23-year-old has already netted nine goals this season and has helped his side win each of their opening four games to a top-flight season for the first time since 1969/1970, when they went on to win the title.

Bukayo Saka – Arsenal

Although Bukayo Saka might have been a real Premier League unknown as little as 18 months ago, Arsenal have certainly found a hidden gem in the form of their versatile 19-year-old academy graduate.

Quickly cementing himself as a standout performer and a firm fan favourite around the Emirates, the North London starlet has only continued to build off of an eye-catching run last year and has proven why the Gunners signed him down to a new long-term deal back in July.

Electing to turn down Nigeria’s advances in order to try and forge a spot in Southgate’s England squad, Saka also managed to top off what was a fabulous week by getting himself on the scoresheet over the weekend.

Recording his first Premier League strike at the Emirates in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against a struggling Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon, fans around North London believe that Saka’s versatility should see him become a regular fixture in Southgate’s plans.

Harvey Barnes – Leicester

While he might not have been able to help Leicester avoid what was a shock 3-0 hammering at the hands of West Ham on home soil over the weekend, Harvey Barnes has gained a string of admirers over the past 12-months.

Really cementing his spot as one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ team sheet and forming what has been an eye-catching partnership with now-former England striker Jamie Vardy, many around the King Power aren’t surprised to see the 22-year-old rewarded with a spot in Southgate’s squad.

Offering the Three Lions another wide option to compete with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, Barnes has already opened up his Premier League account for the season with a strike in Leicester’s 4-2 win against Burnley last month.

Now starting all four of the Foxes’ top-flight contests since opening the New Year, Southgate himself has been quick to praise the pacey winger over the past week and lorded over his display against Manchester City.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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