Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was widely hailed for his match-winning performance in England’s 3-2 victory over Slovenia in Ljubljana.
The triumph took the Three Lions’ record in qualifying for Euro 2016 to six wins in as many matches and they are now 2/1 to win their four remaining four fixtures in Group E.
Yet despite the plaudits for both, there were plenty of reasons not to get two carried away with the efforts of Wilshere or his national teammates.
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Wilshere shone in an attacking sense in Slovenia, also gaining praise for breaking up play, but the hosts were still able to conjure two goals and numerous chances.
His strikes were a joy to behold, but he did little to suggest that he will offer Sergio Busquets or Claude Makelele-like protection against better sides.
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Perhaps the England manager’s predilection for playing a player so limited with the ball at his feet as Phil Jones at right-fullback is influenced by the wish to take up some of Wilshere’s defensive slack?
Even so, it struck as an odd decision to play Jones out of position when Nathaniel Clyne, proficient in both aspects of the role, was left on the bench.
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It’s not the boss’ fault that John Stones has been leant back the Under-21s, while Leighton Baines and Kyle Walker are out of action.
However, there remains the fear that there will not be a settled, coherent defensive unit in place any time soon, with little time to foster an understanding as a result.
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Against Scotland it was Saido Berahino, this time around it was Charlie Austin.
Favouritism-over-form selections were in evidence elsewhere too, with out-of-sorts Andros Townsend and Raheem Sterling preferred to Theo Walcott.