England 2-0 Estonia

England recorded a 2-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley in a game that they dominated. England started well, moving the ball around with pace and purpose, but were unable to get the opening goal until the last kick of the half, when a good through-ball from Barkley found Walcott, who slotted the ball past the Estonian goalkeeper. England continued to dominate possession and the game in the second half, but struggled to get shots on target and when they did, they were generally at the goalkeeper. With minutes to go, substitute Jamie Vardy squared the ball and Sterling finished from 8 yards out.

The victory gave England their ninth win out of nine games in Euro 2016 qualification. Whilst undoubtedly good for confidence and morale, it is difficult to tell what progress (if any) England are making in a weak group. Hodgson selected an attacking side last night and they were able to control the ball and the game, but struggled around the penalty area; against stronger teams, there will be fewer chances and England will need to be more clinical. Also, Hodgson is unlikely to pick such an attacking line-up against stronger opposition as it will leave large gaps that will be exploited.

There are a number of places in the team and squad that are still available and good performances from Lallana, Walcott and particularly Barkley last night will have done their chances no harm at all. However, there is competition for places in these positions, so consistent good performances will be required. I think all three of the above will be in the squad (fitness permitting) and it will be interesting to see if they can force their way into the starting eleven.

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