Lewis Dunk shone for England at the weekend but has been warned by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate he faces a tough battle ahead. England’s progression under Southgate continued on Sunday with a win over Croatia at Wembley that takes them into the final four of the Nations League.
Dunk was part of the side which beat the US in a friendly on Thursday but had to step out for a fit-again Joe Gomez in the win on Sunday and Southgate says that is something he must get used to. The England boss said: “You need competition for places and we know the level of young players coming through.
“We know the quality of players we have and we are not afraid to put them in. “We had a 21-year and 22-year-old at the back [Gomez and left-back Ben Chilwell]. “It’s easier to gamble on young forwards but those guys are good enough and have great quality on the ball.
“We now have more opportunities to excite our supporters and connect them with the team. “Next year now looks like a really exciting year to look forward to. “All the players who are involved in the squad and all the young ones coming through are desperate to be a part of it. “That feeling around the team is really powerful and we have got to build on that.”