Raheem Sterling starts 2019/20 with a Manchester City hat-trick

The Premier League season is here, and with it a new format for our England player round-up. What used to be a thread of tweets is now a weekly feature on a website nobody reads.


Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City

The Premier League season began at Anfield on Friday, where Liverpool briefly had a few things to think about as they tore promoted Norwich City a new one.

Trent Alexander-Arnold put in a fantastic ball for the fourth goal, scored by Divock Origi, and played the full 90 minutes next to Joe Gomez, with Jordan Henderson doing the same in midfield.

West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City

The champions scored four second half goals to beat West Ham United. Raheem Sterling scored a terrific hat-trick for Manchester City – the second in particular demonstrating what a talent he is – while Kyle Walker‘s electrifying pace set up Gabriel Jesus for the opener.

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Walker, Sterling and John Stones played the full game for City, and Phil Foden replaced captain David Silva with ten minutes to go. Declan Rice was one of three Englishmen to play the full duration for the Hammers.

AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United

AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson was replaced by Dominic Solanke in stoppage time at the end of his team’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the Vitality Stadium.

Burnley 3-0 Southampton

There was a clean sheet for Burnley’s Nick Pope and James Tarkowski as the Clarets scored three times in twelve minutes to see off Southampton at Turf Moor.

They both played the whole game, as did Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse. Joe Hart and Alex McCarthy were among the unused substitutes.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane also enjoyed a clean sheet as Everton survived Morgan Schneiderlin’s red card to hold on to a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Watford 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion

England centre back Lewis Dunk might not have expected to still be a Brighton & Hove Albion player by the time they played at Watford in their opening Premier League game of the season, but he made his presence felt.

Dunk claimed an assist for Neal Maupay’s debut goal – a solo effort, in truth – and a late yellow card.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa

Harry Kane‘s instinctive finishing ability grabbed Tottenham Hotspur a late win over Aston Villa. He scored past England’s Tom Heaton with his left foot on 86 minutes and his right on 90 to end Villa’s challenge.

Kane and Danny Rose played 90 minutes for Spurs. Harry Winks was substituted with 25 minutes remaining; his replacement, Christian Eriksen, had a huge impact on the outcome.

Leicester City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ben Chilwell and James Maddison were among four English starters for Leicester City in their goalless home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal

Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Calum Chambers were Unai Emery’s four English starters in Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Newcastle United. They each played at least an hour.

The Magpies had three English starters. Jamal Lascelles played the full 90 minutes, while Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff were substituted in the second half.

Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea

In the last Premier League game of the weekend a ruthless second half burst for Manchester United was too much for Chelsea, for whom Ross Barkley played an hour at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford won and then thumped in a penalty for 1-0 after 18 minutes, adding a second – United’s third – with a sharp finish mid-way through the second half. He went off for Mason Greenwood with a few minutes left.

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Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka played 90 minutes on their debuts, as did Luke Shaw alongside them. Jesse Lingard went off at the same time as Rashford.

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