THE BOSS GARETH SOUTHGATE
When I went to World Cups with Gareth, he was like a sponge — soaking up all the information he could. Now, he is in the position to put everything he has learned into practice. In the first half against Nigeria, England always seemed to have options on the ball. They could not handle our pack of four forwards — Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling up front with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard joining attacks from midfield. The big question now is how quickly can we adapt tactically? When Nigeria copied our system in the second half, it seemed to upset us. England’s opponents will try to do the same so it is good they have had that experience in a friendly.
THE STAR RAHEEM STERLING
The Manchester City forward’s development has been remarkable. It is not just his pace that is impressive but his intelligence of movement. He knows when to drop deep and help build attacks and when to run beyond and add numbers in the final third.
THE PROSPECT TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
What a season he has had. Aged just 19, he is heading to the World Cup after playing in a European Cup final. Alexander-Arnold (left) is competing with Kieran Trippier to start at right wing-back but Gareth should not be afraid to play him. England took Luke Shaw in 2014 to give him experience. The best experience is to play.
The partnership of Alli (right) and Lingard in midfield. They are like greyhounds in the way they cover so much ground. They flood the box when England are attacking and give their opponents no space when they have the ball.
We lack a quarterback to play those killer passes in midfield. Jordan Henderson offers more going forward and, while Eric Dier gives you more defensively, I would like to see him play with more urgency.