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Liverpool, West Brom & Burnley stars deserve to be in England squad based on form

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Player performance analysis by daily fantasy football game Oulala.com has identified four players that not only deserve a place in the current England squad, but when based on Premier League form, warrant a spot in the starting XI. 
 
Oulala.com statistics have revealed four players that should have been in the England squad for the Three Lions' upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania if selection was purely based on current form, as any fan would expect it to be.  
 
Boasting the most detailed scoring system in fantasy football, Oulala.com analyse over 70 different stats from data giants Opta when attributing points, making it the most realistic game available. Using their statistical database and points scoring matrix, Oulala.com have all the tools necessary to identify the most in form players at any given time. 
 
While Oulala.com's data selected seven England regulars in a stat-based England XI; Phil Jones, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane; Burnley's Nick Pope and Ben Mee, West Brom's Kieren Gibbs and Liverpool's Joe Gomez also merit spots.   
 

 
 
Stats don't lie...
 
 
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope (Burnley)
 
With just four Premier League appearances under his belt, Burnley's Nick Pope's stats put him up there with the league's best. Having conceded just one goal in 324 minutes, only Manchester United's David de Gea (315 minutes) and Manchester City's Ederson (293) have performed better. When compared to England's four squad keepers; Joe Hart (48), Jack Butland (57), Jordan Pickford (57) and Fraser Forster (90), Pope is well ahead of the pack. The 25-year-old also leads every other keeper in the league for saves per game (4.3) highlighting his overall influence on Burnley's excellent defensive form recently. 
 
Left Back: Kieren Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion)
 
When compared to the two left-backs in Gareth Southgate's current England squad, Ryan Bertrand and Aaron Cresswell, West Brom's Kieren Gibbs' stats show that he fully deserved an international recall. On a per game basis, the 28-year-old has won more tackles (1.8), made more clearances (4.5) and has been dribbled past fewer times (0.3) than the Southampton and West Ham left-backs. Offensively, Gibbs has also excelled when compared to Southgate's chosen pair making more successful dribbles per game (1.8), registering more shots (0.8) and making fewer bad touches (0.8). 
 
Centre Back: Ben Mee (Burnley)
 
Despite not making it into Southgate's final Three Lions squad to face Slovenia and Lithuania in their last two World Cup qualifiers, Ben Mee is outperforming regular England centre-backs Gary Cahill, John Stones and former Burnley teammate, Michael Keane this season. Defensively, Mee is making more clearances (9.3) and blocks (2.1). while winning more aerial duels per game (4.6). Offensively, the 28-year-old is also making more key passes (0.3), winning more fouls (1.6) and registering more shots (1). 
 
Right Back: Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
 
Following an injury that kept him out of action for 15 months, Liverpool's Joe Gomez has made the most of his return to the Reds' first team during the absence of regular right-back Nathaniel Clyne. When compared to the England squad's current right-backs, Kyle Walker and Kieren Trippier, Gomez's defensive stats are better than both. On a per game baisis, the 20-year-old is averaging more tackles (2), interceptions (1.4), clearances (2.6) and blocks (0.4) than either Walker or Trippier. He also boasts superior numbers when venturing forward, completing more successful dribbles (0.6) and crosses (1.2) per game.
 
 
 
 
Russell Cane
Content Manager
russ@oulala.com
 

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