Recommended reading: 23/8/19

Here’s all of this week’s essential reading for England supporters.

First up, we’re off to The Independent and Lawrence Ostlere’s assessment of the roles played by Mason Mount and James Maddison in Chelsea’s draw with Leicester City. These two players have taken different journeys and converged on the brink of regular England selection.

Our pals and chums at Football365 have covered many an England player of late. I particularly enjoyed James Nalton’s assessment of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Liverpool’s ‘free eight’ in midfield(ish).

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Likewise Seb Stafford-Bloor’s fabulous analysis of James Maddison’s performance at Stamford Bridge last weekend. Maddison, he says, has star power precisely because of the negative characteristics attributed to him. More importantly, he’s exciting because we can’t assume what he will become.

Seb is at it again with his article about Harry Maguire, or, more specifically, about the way in which Harry Maguire’s transfer fee makes him a player analysed between two extremes, never to be regarded simply as the ‘very good’ defender he is.

Massive new Borussia Dortmund contract for Jadon Sancho, is it? It is.

Daniel Sturridge will also be playing in Europe this season. After his short ban from football the former Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool striker has opted for Turkey, signing for Trabzonspor despite reported interest from Damien Comolli at Fenerbahce.

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