5 Things We Learned From Estonia 0-1 England


1. Wilshere is getting to grips with the holding role

Naturally a more attacking midfielder, Wilshere has been forced to curb his enthusiasm to burst forward and join the attacks in favour of a more defensive role. He’s apparently been studying videos of Andrea Pirlo and Xabi Alonso to help him master his new position with England and, while there’s little evidence that he’s approaching those levels, he does look increasingly comfortable at the base of the diamond.

 

2. Clyne should get the nod over Chambers

While Calum Chambers will surely wear the England shirt for years to come, he is a long way from the finished article, particularly when talking about the right back position. Against San Marino and again against Estonia, he was too often untidy in possession and showed a lack of composure. Nathaniel Clyne on the other hand is in the form of his life and an England debut for the Southampton man is surely long overdue.

 

3. Rooney will break the England scoring record

Another game, another goal for Rooney in an England shirt. The Manchester United striker is up to 43, just six behind Bobby Charlton’s all time record and he will surely break the record in his next few appearances. While its true that Rooney had enough chances to score two hat-tricks in the last couple of England games, he has scored more competitive goals for England than anyone else and his value to his country cannot be overstated.

 

4. England must be more ruthless

Despite scoring the breakthrough goal, Rooney was the main culprit of England’s missed chances in the first half. England must discover the knack of taking their chances to make life easier for themselves, particularly on the road.

 

5. England showed maturity

Roy Hodgson picked a side that would keep the ball rather than fire on all cylinders from the start, with the omission of Raheem Sterling for Adam Lallana a notable one. England were frustrated for well over an hour but remained patient and continued to probe until they eventually took the lead.