Alli and Kane celebrate Dier's winner against Germany last Saturday.

Premier League's unpredictability has shaped Roy Hodgson's strongest England side

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The current unpredictability of this Premier League campaign is without doubt pleasing the neutrals and pundits, but perhaps not the bookmakers - and definitely not Arsenal fans.

However, there is one man in particular who will be thoroughly enjoying and benefiting from the unprecedented rise of various English players: Roy Hodgson.

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy lead the way in the Premier League goalscoring charts, Dele Alli has been sensational throughout his debut campaign for Tottenham and Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater has thrived in central midfield - there really is a lot for Hodgson to be happy about.


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The England manager has long been reliant on the likes of Wayne Rooney, but the Three Lions' performance against Germany last Saturday showed that they are perfectly capable of performing without their captain.

Hodgson himself acclaimed the 3-2 victory in Berlin, heralding the win as his "finest night as England boss". It was a bold statement, but there was definitely something different about the victory.

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England fans are forever suceptible to feeling disappointed after feeling so positive of their national team's chances at a major tournament, but the vibrant feel about the victory against Joachim Low's World Cup holders was like nothing before felt in the last decade.

When Alli’s inclusion in the starting line-up was announced an hour before kick-off, a certain sense of doubt and uncertainty filled fans - was the 19-year-old capable of taking on a side of Germany's quality?


As it turns out, he most certainly was. His all-action style of play in midfield has often been labelled with caution given his age, but he rose above any pressure and put in a man-of-the-match display.

Teammate Kane's inclusion and impressive performance further added to Hodgson's joy, the 22-year-old scoring a fine goal to open the scoring and suggest a younger, brighter generation of English talent is upon us.

Kane, Alli and match-winner Eric Dier have brought charisma, energy, pace and a whole new vibe to an unfamiliar looking England line-up. The Tottenham trio - alongside Vardy, Drinkwater and Ross Barkley - made for pleasant viewing in Berlin and gave fans a taste of the new-found grit and fight instilled in the England camp.

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And without the amiable absurdity of this erratic and exciting Premier League season, none of this would be possible. Finally, Hodgson is picking players based on their current form and not stature -and it’s working.

A disappointing defeat to the Netherlands on Tuesday night threatened to damage England's high spirits, but there's still reason to be positive about this summer.

Let's just not get carried away.

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