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WATCH: Marcus Rashford scores again for England

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Marcus Rashford‘s going to return to Manchester a much happier man.

Sent off for a confrontation with Phil Bardsley in Manchester United’s win over Burnley before the international break, Rashford has scored in consecutive matches for England.

The most recent goal came Tuesday at King Power Stadium in a friendly against Switzerland, as Rashford got on the end of a cross from Man City defender Kyle Walker and coolly slotted a volley into the goal to give the Three Lions a 1-0 lead.

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The 20-year-old now has five goals for England.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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With Week 4 of the 2018-19 Premier League season done and dusted, it is time to focus on the star performers.

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Heading into the international break there are a ton of new entries in this list, with 12 of the top 20 coming into our latest rankings.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

  1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Up 2
  2. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 11
  3. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – New entry
  4. Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) – Up 6
  5. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – New entry
  6. Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 4
  7. Lucas Moura (Tottenham) – Down 8
  8. Alex McCarthy (Southampton) – New entry
  9. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – New entry
  10. Kyle Walker (Man City) – New entry
  11. Troy Deeney (Watford) – New entry
  12. Ruben Neves (Wolves) – Down 1
  13. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
  14. Andre Schurrle (Fulham) – Down 8
  15. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Even
  16. Jean Seri (Fulham) – New entry
  17. Danny Ings (Southampton) – New entry
  18. Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – New entry
  19. Glenn Murray (Brighton) – New entry
  20. Ben Foster (Watford) – New entry

Rare Walker goal slips Man City past Newcastle

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  • Walker, Yedlin score rare goals
  • Match level 1-1 at half
  • Dubravka shines in loss

Kyle Walker‘s goal of the season candidate lifted Manchester City past Newcastle United on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

The match was 1-1 at the break after DeAndre Yedlin‘s first Premier League goal answered Raheem Sterling‘s opener.

By the final stanza, the match very much looked like Newcastle was happy to limit its goal differential damage and City was happy with the win.

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Riyad Mahrez was the target of Man City’s early plan, and he cooked Paul Dummett before dragging a shot wide of the near post in the fourth minute.

It was 1-0 after 430 seconds, though, as Raheem Sterling found the ball off a Jamaal Lascelles giveaway. He cut past DeAndre Yedlin and belted a shot past a flying Martin Dubravka.

The Newcastle keeper kept Gabriel Jesus off the board in the 18th minute after the latter worked past Ciaran Clark in the Magpies’ box.

Then the stunning equalizer with Yedlin racing past Gabriel Jesus to slot Salomon Rondon’s perfect past beyond a splayed Ederson. Game on.

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Walker scored an amazing goal in the 52nd minute to restore City’s lead, drilling a low shot through traffic from 25 yards.

And he tried his luck on a 57th minute free kick, catching Dubravka off guard for a parry and leading to the ball in the net a few moves later… offside, though.

Dubravka made a trio of outstanding saves in sequence during the 64th, stopping Fernandinho once and David Silva twice. He’d then stop Aguero in stoppage time after a marvelous pass from Fernandinho.

Shaw, Gomez, McCarthy in latest England squad

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Gareth Southgate has called his first England roster since this summer’s successful World Cup run, with a few changes to the pack.

Manchester United left back Luke Shaw has earned his long-sought Three Lions recall, while Alex McCarthy of Southampton is the lone uncapped player on the 23-man list.

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James Tarkowski of Burnley is in the fold, taking the place of retired Gary Cahill. Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Phil Jones are absent, with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez among the defenders.

Southgate also had this very interesting quote regarding the challenges of an deeply international Premier League:

“I can’t rule out players in the Championship now as our pool is getting smaller and smaller.”

A wink to Jack Grealish or Nick Powell, perhaps, as well as an explanation for the inclusion of Stoke backstop Jack Butland.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United),  Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Man City unnerved by early-season draw

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Manchester City’s dominant run in 2017/18 guided the club to one of the most comprehensive Premier League-winning seasons in the history of English football.

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The club’s step towards another PL crown got off to a strong start in the opening two weeks of this campaign, however, the Citizens struggled in their third fixture of the season, which saw manager Pep Guardiola and Co. drop points to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 1-1 draw represents the first piece of adversity that City has had to endure domestically in quite some time, after dropping points in just five league matches last season (3D, 2 L).

City, who conceded to Wolves on a questionable header/hand ball, don’t appear worried though about the result.

“It was a good game,” Guardiola said following the match. “We conceded too many counter-attacks. We missed simple passes. We created enough chances to win the game but it is a good point.

“We play at the same level as we did last season. People can imagine how difficult it is to play against a good team with nine players behind. We tried but we will improve because defensively we were not solid like we normally are.

“Every game we play, we learn for the next one.”

Noticeable claims for handball went unnoticed during Wilfried Bony‘s opener for Wolves, bringing about talks of when the PL will implement VAR into its league.

However, Guardiola wasn’t focused on the referee’s non-decision.

“It is none of my business,” Guardiola said. “The Premier League will decide when they decide that VAR will be here. I make a compliment for the referee’s job and that is all.”

Last season, the Citizens went 22 matches unbeaten to start their title-winning campaign, so 2018/19 presents a new challenge for the club.

City defender Kyle Walker echoed similar sentiments to his manager following the draw, despite Bony’s questionable goal.

“It is hard for the referees to see everything,” Walker said. “We should have equalized at the end. We need to go again and hopefully we can get three points next week.”