The three lions warmed up to a crucial week in the Nations League with a 3-0 victory over Ireland at Wembley. These are 2 teams who know each other well with both having players plying their trade in the English League divisions. I was especially looking forward to how Jadon Sancho performs. He has been the talk in Germany because his form has dipped somewhat since his proposed move to Manchester United collapsed in the summer. It was United captain and captain for the night,Harry Maguire who opened the scoring beating his opposite captain Shane Duffy of Celtic to a header which nestled past Rundolph in the Irish goal. Nick Pope who started in place of Pickford(He is so much better than the Everton stopper why he does not get more time is beyond me) was assured in goal. He was ably guarded by Mings(Villa) and a resurgent Maguire. A player who could do with a move away from his club is Harry Winks, he has a Carrick feel to his play dictating play with calm passing(Do not think Mourinho is his type of manager).
Cue the Dortmund man, Sancho on the left wing cut inside Irish defence and 2-0 the score board changed. Just what the doctor ordered. He looked in the mood all game and some resolute defending by Ireland kept him at bay. When Saka , who had been tormenting the Irish full back all night was brought down in the box on 55,Calvert-Lewin converted to give the English a boost with a game against world number 1 Belgium and Iceland. Dominant display against a disappointing Irish team who had their moments which Henderson snuffed out comfortably when he came on.
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