But for a game-winning Man of the Match performance by an uncapped prospect we might make an argument that it was a relatively quiet weekend, England-wise.
Here’s what went down.
Southampton 1-3 AFC Bournemouth
Having grown up in Bournemouth I know how much their first win at Southampton will mean to them. Similarly, I know how little it probably means to their hosts.
There was an England goalscorer apiece in Friday night’s Cherries win. Callum Wilson was provided with the easiest goal of his career by a stoppage time mix-up after James Ward-Prowse had pulled one back from the penalty spot.
Both played 90 minutes.
Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane‘s brilliant improvised finish gave Tottenham Hotspur the lead at Leicester City in a game dominated by VAR. Kane, Danny Rose and Harry Winks played the whole game.Embed from Getty Images
James Maddison won it late when he caught Paulo Gazzaniga off-guard with a sharp strike from distance. Both he and Ben Chilwell played the full 90.
Burnley 2-0 Norwich City
There was a clean sheet for Nick Pope and James Tarkowski, who both played the entirety of Burnley’s 2-0 win against Norwich City.
Everton 0-2 Sheffield United
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford flapped horribly at a corner in the first half against Sheffield United; it went in off team-mate Yerry Mina. Pickford and Michael Keane played 90 minutes.
Manchester City 8-0 Watford
Pep Guardiola opted for just one English player against Watford, and even he – Kyle Walker – only played 54 minutes. I wonder how all those imported players got on.
Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Lewis Dunk captained Brighton & Hove Albion to a point and a clean sheet away at Newcastle United, playing the full match and picking up a late yellow card into the bargain.
West Ham United 2-0 Manchester United
Declan Rice, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford all started this one, with Rashford replaced by Jesse Lingard on the hour. It wasn’t the most impressive Manchester United display and the English half of their defence was very much a part of it.
Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
Tom Heaton and Tyrone Mings were the England players who started Aston Villa’s defeat at Arsenal, and both played 90 minutes in a defence that conceded three second half goals.
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
A fabulous Trent Alexander-Arnold strike set Liverpool on their way to a tricky 2-1 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He played the whole game, Jordan Henderson went off late, and Adam Lallana and Joe Gomez were two of Liverpool’s three English substitutes.Embed from Getty Images
Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount played well for 90 minutes for the hosts. Tammy Abraham had a few decent sniffs of goal in his 77 minutes.
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo
In Spain there was another clean sheet for Kieran Trippier, who played 90 minutes at right back for Atletico Madrid. It was Atleti’s second consecutive league game without scoring.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
England winger Jadon Sancho was on the scoresheet again in Germany, bagging what probably should have been Borussia Dortmund’s winning goal against Eintracht Frankfurt before he was substituted.
It was classic Sancho, too: a tap-in at the far post, this time as BVB piled on the pressure from a set play.