England progressed past Sweden 2-0 with a convincing display. These are the three things we learned from the game.
Don’t alter a winning combination
Gareth Southgate should not change a winning team; despite queries about certain players. Most deliberation by fans concerns Raheem Sterling’s contribution.
I can clarify: he has made great inroads into defences, without personal gain. For example: defenders have gravitated toward him, opening up play and pockets of space.
Sterling came closer than ever to scoring against Sweden. Yes, his finishing could and should improve, but he was unfortunate not to slot home by fine margin.
His link up play, particularly with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli, is effective. Keep them together: the combination is affecting opponents’ monitoring and fluidity drastically.
Ashley Young is possibly the only other starter at risk. Danny Rose is incredibly close to starting. Yet it is still preferable, especially at this stage, not to change.
Speculated by one-time-one-match international manager Sam Allardyce, was to reduce the three centre-backs: reverting to a 4-4-2 for the Sweden clash.