Tammy Abraham Miss Out On Southgate’s Choice Of Two Front Threes

After Jack Grealish provided an assist and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Danny Ings scored, Gareth Southgate was pleased with his England experiment.

The last front three he selected consisted of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho.

Unfortunately there was no mention of Tammy Abraham as this front three of Grealish, Calvert-Lewin and Ings looked like it belonged at this level, too.

That is a huge plus for England. Calvert-Lewin can be lethal when he stays central and that is what he did here to reach double digits for club and country this season.

Former England international Martin Keown wrote a tactical column last month about how Carlo Ancelotti was turning the striker into a ‘penalty-box predator’ for Everton.

Grealish knew exactly where the 23-year-old would be when he crossed for his team-mate.

It was an exquisite ball, and Calvert-Lewin was duly in the six-yard box to head home his debut goal.

The Everton striker’s all-round game was really impressive. He was reliable in holding the ball up and won every header.

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Ings was very tidy and scored a superb goal. Southgate can only be happy with all of this.

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