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What Dream Team lessons can we take from the international break?

Fantasy football is back on the menu after the end of the first international break of the season.

And we’ve all missed the Premier League lads a bit, haven’t we?

Despite the lack of top flight action there was actually plenty to dissect from the last fortnight.

So ahead of Game Week 5 on Dream Team we thought we’d shed some light on a few things we learned…


1 Usual suspects run riot

Sterling England

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Sterling and Kane tore Bulgaria and Kosovo to shreds

Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane have 14 goals and assists between them already this season.

So it was no real surprise to see the trio tearing up the international stage too.

Kane bagged a hat-trick in England’s win over Bulgaria, with Raheem Sterling assisting one of his goals and grabbing the other.

Sterling again scored and assisted against Kosovo while Kane got his customary goal.

Kane did miss a penalty though, his first failure from the spot since February 2018.

De Bruyne was involved in every goal in Belgium’s 4-0 rout of Scotland and looks fully in the groove again after his injury hell last season.

2 Lesser lights continue form

James continued his red hot form

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James continued his red hot form

Dan James was priced at just £1m at the start of the season, yet so far he’s the highest scoring Man United player with 24 points.

And we might have to start calling him the Welsh Arjen Robben if he keeps scoring the same goal over and over again, as he did for Wales against Belarus.

Our top points scorer Teemu Pukki was also at it, scoring penalties against both Greece and Italy as he made it seven goals this season already.

Despite Gini Wijnaldum’s prolific form for the Netherlands – he scored twice and assisted once – we’d advise steering clear given his differing role at Liverpool.

Wijnaldum is a mainstay of the Reds’ midfield but he has more defensive duties, which might explain his total of zero points so far…

3 International injury curse strikes again

Aarons’ injury didn’t look promising

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Aarons’ injury didn’t look promising

Spurs are already riddled with injury issues and matters were made worse when Giovani Lo Celso returned home early from Argentina duty.

The classy midfielder is set to be out for six weeks with a hip injury.

He wasn’t the only one either, with Norwich sweating over the fitness of highly-rated right-back Max Aarons.

Aarons limped out of England Under-21s’ win over Kosovo and was seen leaving the ground with a protective boot on.