Recommended reading: 6/12/19

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

The UEFA EURO 2020 draw has been made and England’s group has been somewhat optimistically deemed a favourable one.

Gareth Southgate won’t be taking anything for granted but he does see next summer as an opportunity for England to fly in the face of their appalling EURO record.

Dele Alli scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur last weekend and Seb Stafford-Bloor has identified him as a rare living example of Jose Mourinho’s methods revitalising a talent. Alli scored again in midweek.

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Over at BBC Sport Alistair Magowan has run the numbers and cast an eye over Jack Grealish, whose first call-up to the England squad is surely imminent. The Aston Villa player has created more chances from open play than anyone in the Premier League who isn’t Kevin de Bruyne.

Nobody’s journey from academy kid to England regular is easy, and Ben Chilwell’s story doesn’t seem unusual. But he’s written about it for The Players’ Tribune – he hasn’t – and it gives a lovely little insight into the psyche of an elite professional.

Finally, there’s a new episode of our podcast. So listen to that, why don’t you?

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