Here’s all of this week’s essential reading for England supporters.
The aftermath of Sofia rumbles on and meanders beyond football to a place where The Guardian commentator David Olusoga has taken stock. The England team, he says, represents the best of the nation. Granted, he also acknowledges that this says a bit about the country as well as the team, when was the last time we could say that?
The return of Callum Hudson-Odoi from injury has boosted Chelsea and will boost England too. Seb Stafford-Bloor is on the case for FourFourTwo.Embed from Getty Images
Jack Rathborn is also full of praise for Hudson-Odoi in The Independent, sharing Seb’s view that his match intelligence sets him apart.
Hudson-Odoi’s international competition includes Raheem Sterling, the subject of a Richard Jolly missive in The Independent this week. Sterling, he writes, is Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s purest player transformation even if he doesn’t want the credit for it.
Finally, we go to ESPN for Nick Miller’s analysis of Tottenham Hotspur’s thumping win over Red Star Belgrade. England captain Harry Kane, says Nick, put in the performance of a ten and a nine rolled into one – scorer and playmaker.