Premier League fantasy football will take a back seat next week when we have the first international break of the season.
England will play two games during the off-time, as Gareth Southgate looks to continue his impressive work from the World Cup semi-final success.
The Three Lions will host Switzerland in a friendly, before they kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign against Spain at Wembley.
The waistcoat wearing messiah was faced with several tricky decision when it came to picking his squad.
The quick fix to that would have been to decide the bunch based purely on the English players who have scored the most fantasy football points this season.
Seeing as Southgate didn’t do this, we did the honours for him. It’s safe to say it produced one or two surprises.
Here is that very monstrosity…
England will play 4-4-2, for very good reason.
Out of the back four, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire and Trent Alexander-Arnold made Southgate’s squad. Three out of four isn’t bad.
The centre of the park in our fantasy eleven featured just two who got the call up, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling.
Sadly there was no place for Demarai Gray and the now internationally retired James Milner.
The fantasy football gods also failed to accurately predict the strike force.
Harry Kane of course got the nod for Southgate’s side, however there was no room for the points-machine Callum Wilson.
The Bournemouth striker has had a brilliant start to the season and was a player fully deserving of a call-up.
Let’s all spare a moment for the mammoth fantasy football point-scorers who have been wrongly denied a place.
Steve Cook in particular is the second highest point-scoring defender behind Marcos Alonso.
The experience of the Cherries defender could have been the perfect alternative to the retiring Gary Cahill.
In a way I respect Southgate for not basing his team selection entirely on fantasy football.
That’s probably the reason why he’s the national team manager and I am not.
There is however a point to be made that the fantasy football high-flyers are actually the players bang in form and therefore should have made it.
Once again we get a squad picked almost entirely off reputation alone.
Whatever happened to picking the players who are in form?
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