Also, James Maddison has emerged as a serious option for Gareth Southgate, qualification has advanced significantly, and should we start looking for hotels in Germany just yet?
Saka is improving at an astounding rate.
Fans of Arsenal and W88 hoped Bukayo Saka would get a day off after playing 85 minutes in England’s 2-1 win over Italy on Thursday, adding to his already grueling workload this season. As an alternative, he played all 90 minutes at Wembley.
The 21-year-old has been as valuable to England manager Gareth Southgate as Mikel Arteta has been to Arsenal this season, having started all 28 Premier League games. Nothing else can be done right now.
He played well against Ukraine, but his spectacular long-range goal that doubled England’s lead just three minutes after he had helped set up Harry Kane’s first goal will be remembered most.
His constant danger was belied by one highlight—rolling Mykola Matviyenko with his back to goal and finding the top corner from 25 yards out.
When England worked the ball to him, Ukraine tried to close him down by doubling and even tripling up on their left flank, but they usually were unsuccessful.
Vn88 thinks that not only did Vitalii Mykolenko spend the entire game chasing the 21-year-shadow, but the rest of the team was reduced to merely bringing him down. Mykolenko was relieved to be taken off at halftime. Saka was victorious in four fouls, more than double the number of any other player.
As evidence of Rezence gives the problems he caused for Ukraine, he remained elusive in the second half as England slowed the tempo in an effort to control and contain rather than extend their lead.
Saka continues to improve, whether he is playing for his club or his country.
Kane, England’s leader, keeps his team moving forward.
Is there anything left to be said about Harry Kane?
The day after Kane broke England’s all-time goalscoring record in Naples last Thursday was another memorable one in his career with the Three Lions.
The Wembley crowd showed how much they appreciate Kane by joining him and his family on the field before the game to present him with a commemorative Golden Boot for his goals scored for England. According to W88, this is a memory that will stay with Kane forever.
The Tottenham forward, however, wasted no time getting down to business. The England captain set the tone early on when he ran an exhausting 50 yards to try and tackle the Ukraine goalkeeper. His team quickly followed suit.
When Kane miscued an awkward volley after Jordan Henderson’s cross at the far post in the first half, the entire stadium went silent. However, things quickly returned to normal when, from a similar position to his miss, he scored England’s 55th goal and gave them a well-deserved lead.
Kane now has 22 goals in 31 games for the England men’s team at Wembley, second only to Bobby Charlton’s 23.
He has scored six goals in his last five matches at Wembley, and in his last 25 matches for England, he has scored 21 goals and assisted on four more.
While he will continue to add impressive records to his resume, Kane isn’t content to rest on his laurels. The rest of the England team would do well to follow his lead, both on and off the field.
Maddison’s zeal helped him establish himself as a Southgate selection.
James Maddison’s first appearance for England was over three and a half years ago. His second cap means he probably won’t have to wait too long before making another one for his country.
Maddison’s inclusion in the World Cup was highly sought after, but an injury prevented him from appearing in any matches in Qatar. The call-up was a letdown for Leicester fans because the player, who has nine goals and six assists in 20 Premier League games this season, was unable to perform on the biggest stage.
VN88 shares that Maddison finally got his chance to play for England on Sunday after teammate Phil Foden had to have appendix surgery and Jack Grealish was given the day off. The highlight-reel play wasn’t there, but the 26-year-old still provided Southgate with plenty of food for thought ahead of June’s internationals.
When Maddison was taken off the field at the 85-minute mark, he led the team in chances created, shots, and accurate crosses. It was indicative of the midfielder’s all-out effort, as he played with a broad grin on his face and gave it his all to make an impression.
After making a wonderful turn, the player took a shot that went wide. That would have been the icing on the cake for his arrival (or is it a return? W88 rezence not sure about this) Nonetheless, Southgate will be able to count on Maddison to add depth to his options in attacking areas when he thinks back on what he’s learned from these two games.