Glenn Murray deserved a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad – or so say our data science team. In this week’s Three Minute Myths we have compared each of the Three Lions’ striking options with the man who was left out.
Officially the England squad announcement listed just three players as strikers; Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck. Yet according to the data Murray would have been a handy addition to turn to, or replace, one of that trio.
The 34-year-old has struck 11 goals in the Premier League this season, which puts him level with Eden Hazard at ninth in the top scorer rankings.
It also makes Murray the fourth highest scoring Englishman, behind Vardy, the injured Harry Kane and Manchester City‘s Raheem Sterling. By contrast Rashford and Welbeck have just nine goals between them.
The argument made in this week’s episode of Three Minute Myths is that Murray would provide a good Plan B for an England side that is lacking an aerial presence up front, particularly if Southgate is planning to sit deep and counter fast against stronger opposition.