The one key area that has England as ‘the envy’ of world football

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If Kosovo manager Bernard Challandes’ claim that England are “no doubt the best team in the world” seemed a little exaggerated in the moment, there are many of his loftier counterparts who have long believed Gareth Southgate’s side are streaks ahead of everyone in one key area.

That, specifically, is out wide. One top international manager recently spent a game marvelling at the blinding movement of England’s forwards, describing it as “the envy” of many.

It’s difficult to disagree. Even when you go beyond Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, there’s Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi, before the next crop like Curtis Jones and Mason Greenwood.

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There are an abundance of riches in this area. England are overloaded with players so good at creating overloads, and thereby a lot of havoc for opposition defences.

Few countries can match this. So, many managers would love it – and now must figure out a way to stop it. For some time to come.

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