With fears about players burning out and Premier League clubs shouting ‘oi’ to Gareth Southgate as he picks his England team for the deadest of rubbers against Iceland, we look at the English players past the 1000-minute mark for club and country already this season – from least to most minutes…
16) Conor Coady: 1080 minutes (810 Wolves, 270 England)
Would have been more but for the ‘rona.
14) James Justin: 1088 minutes (908 Leicester City, 180 England Under-21)
One of the true emerging stars of the season.
11) Bukayo Saka: 1157 minutes (876 Arsenal, 281 England/England Under-21)That’s a whole lot of football at 19.
No player had more key passes than Bukayo Saka in Belgium-England match, despite him coming on as a substitute in 38th minute to play LWB/LB. Had more key passes than Kevin de Bruyne.
10) Michael Keane: 1170 minutes (990 Everton, 180 England)
Yet to miss a single minute for Everton this season.
7) Declan Rice: 1246 minutes (810 West Ham, 436 England)
Started every Nations League game. England are now out of the Nations League.
6) Mason Mount: 1257 minutes (891 Chelsea, 366 England)
Coaches like him. His only crime is being more Frank Lampard than Jack Grealish.
5) Eric Dier: 1260 minutes (900 Tottenham, 369 England)
The last 90 for England did not go well.
4) Jordan Pickford: 1260 minutes (810 Everton, 450 England)
The last however many for Everton did not go well.
2) Kyle Walker: 1376 minutes (1036 Manchester City, 340 England)
Seriously, he should not be playing in the Carabao Cup.
1) Harry Kane: 1378 minutes (1006 Tottenham, 372 England)
Injury can only be just around the corner.
The Citizens have lodged a complaint with Sky Sports after Keane ‘stepped over the line’…
Liverpool ‘currently have no intention of entering the winter market to bolster in that position or any other’.
We’re currently at about No. 4, with the ankle injury surely not too far away…
Kane is 21 goals short of Wayne Rooney’s landmark figure of 53 and Southgate has backed his captain to surpass it.
“He can definitely go on to be absolutely world-class for a long time for the next 10 years or so.”
“I would think Gomez’s injury will force the manager’s hand in the January transfer window.”
Liverpool would have only two choices in January – expensive or short-termist. They’re right to ignore both.
“Exceptional player, but too expensive for Manchester!” Guardiola was half right. Jack Grealish would’ve been a bargain…
Football has a ridiculous carbon footprint. Is Chelsea v Krasnodar worth all those emissions?
With January fast approaching, many of these players would do well to take the hint…
Arsenal have many questions yet to answer. Mikel Arteta needs to wade through them quickly.
News – England players already in the 1000-minute club as injuries mount