Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set the ball rolling at Wembley in England win against Montenegro

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain kick-started England’s thumping win, Harry Winks kept things ticking over and James Maddison FINALLY made his debut during a strong night for Gareth Southgate’s midfielders

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks back to his best and is a great option for England
  • He made driving runs from midfield and was relentless in the middle of the pitch 
  • It was men against boys at Wembley and Montenegro were incredibly poor
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Euro 2020, here we come. This was no contest. Montenegro’s faces were left almost as red as their shirts.

While Chelsea’s in-form striker Tammy Abraham watched from the sidelines, Harry Kane stole the headlines, scoring a first-half hat-trick. It’s good that we have somebody putting pressure on Kane now, but let’s not forget who kick-started this party at Wembley Stadium.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, on his first England start since March 2018, opened the scoring in wonderful style.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for England in their 7-0 win over Montenegro

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for England in their 7-0 win over Montenegro

He set himself with his first touch then blasted a ferocious shot into the back of the net with his second. He made driving runs from midfield and was relentless in the centre of the pitch.

Gareth Southgate has never shied away from letting us know how highly he rates Oxlade-Chamberlain. ‘He would have been in the starting XI for the World Cup had he been fit,’ Southgate has said of the Liverpool player.

Oxlade-Chamberlain showed why on Thursday night, while Harry Winks kept things ticking over nicely alongside him.

The Liverpool midfielder has looked back to his best in recent weeks and is in scoring form

The Liverpool midfielder has looked back to his best in recent weeks and is in scoring form

The Liverpool midfielder has looked back to his best in recent weeks and is in scoring form

Midfield is an area where places are very much up for grabs and there was a good balance in there. I was also glad to see James Maddison finally get his chance – but we have to take into account how poor Montenegro were.

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It was men against boys at Wembley and Kane cleaned up. His form in a Tottenham shirt of late has not been the best, whereas Abraham has been phenomenal for Chelsea. 

So Kane made sure he was well involved in Thursday night’s rout. He started the night on 28 goals, level with Steve Bloomer and Vivian Woodward. 

Then he joined Frank Lampard on 29. Then Sir Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer on 30. Then he moved out on his own at 31 – all before half-time. Credit to the England captain.

Gareth Southgate is a huge admirer of the midfielder and would have played him in Russia

Gareth Southgate is a huge admirer of the midfielder and would have played him in Russia

Gareth Southgate is a huge admirer of the midfielder and would have played him in Russia

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