Where is England’s creative spark without Liverpool, Everton & Arsenal trio?

By Mark Peters IN General - 20:20 Oct 7th 2016

A combination of injury, poor form and lack of match fitness mean that Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere are absent from the current England squad.

This lack of a creative spark is unlikely to cause too many problems against Malta on Saturday, but unlocking the Slovenian defence on Tuesday night could prove far more challenging.

ROSS BARKLEY, ADAM LALLANA & JACK WILSHERE

Since the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Barkley and Lallana have produced similar numbers in the Premier League, albeit that they have shone at different times.

The Everton and Liverpool playmakers have been directly involved in 18 and 16 top-flight goals respectively, achieving a nice balance between scoring and assisting:

Ross
Barkley
versusAdam
Lallana
MIDPOSITIONMID
22Y 10MAGE28Y 4M
6FT 2INHEIGHT5FT 8IN
11ST 13LBWEIGHT11ST 13LB
 
PL | EVE | | LIV | PL
08/15 - 10/1608/15 - 10/16
43
STARTS
30
3652
MINS
PLAYED
2629
9
GOALS
7
9
ASSISTS
9
2
OPENING
GOALS
2
1
WINNING
GOALS
2
6
HOME
GOALS
5
3
AWAY
GOALS
2
HEADED
GOALS
L
1
R
8
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
4
R
3
406
MINS
PER GOAL
376
6
TOTAL
2

Minutes on the pitch have proven harder to come by for Wilshere during this period, but he did score his only England goals in a 3-2 success in Slovenia back in June 2015.

THOUGHTS

Without any of this trio to call upon, the Three Lions must operate in a different way, though they may find it hard to utilise the pace of Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford against defences that will sit deep.

Dele Alli could therefore prove to be a key figure if he is afforded an opportunity to impress Gareth Southgate, arriving late into the box to catch the opposition by surprise.

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