Five players who can shine for England in this week's qualifiers

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The international break comes upon us once again and all Premier League fans groan at the thought of a week without domestic football.

This break also seems even more redundant for England who have already cemented their place at the Euros in France next year by grabbing top spot in Group E.

However, these five England players could well use these games to showcase themselves and land them in good stead both for club and country.


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When Jamie Vardy was first called up to the England squad back in May of this year, many people were sceptical about the talents of the former Stocksbridge Park Steels man.

His scoring record was hardly prolific in his debut season in England's top flight, netting just five goals in 34 appearances. But it was not his scoring record that made Roy Hodgson pick the Sheffield-born striker.

His years in non-league football have given him a desire that is rarely seen among top-flight players, his blistering pace and tireless work ethic combine to make him a nightmare to any defence. He may not possess the technical ability of Wayne Rooney or the clinical instincts of Daniel Sturridge, but he is an enigma to many foreign defences.

Reminiscent of England players of yesteryear who value the Three Lions on their chest, and aren't reluctant to play for their country. Vardy's goalscoring has also improved this year, picking up seven goals in eight games in Leicester's remarkable start to the season. If he can add goals to his England performances, then he is in for a realistic shout of representing his club at the Euros next year. Go on Jamie, we all love an underdog story!

Perhaps a surprise inclusion in England's squad this time around is the Spurs youngster Dele Alli. Roy Hodgson is obviously looking to experiment with his team in two games that don't really matter against lesser opponents.

Still only 19-years-old and with only two caps for the England U21s, Alli has had a meteoric rise in the last 18 months. His prolific goalscoring in League One saw Pochettino take a £5-million plunge to bring him to the Premier League where he has flourished playing either behind the striker or in the holding midfield role.

Alli is at his best going forwards but his ability to turn defence into attack with a controlled driving run from deep makes him a viable option as a defensive midfielder. He stayed resilient in that role in Spurs' recent 4-1 win over Manchester City and didn't look overawed by the occasion.

Having scored already for Spurs this season, he will be looking to enjoy a goal on his England debut just as fellow Spur Harry Kane did earlier this year. He is a man who could be instrumental at the Euros and a good performance for England could lead to a successful year for the teen.

One more regular England player hoping to put in a good shift will be Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. With many of the big teams stuttering at the start of the season, Arsenal can hope to push for the title this season, despite a slightly disjointed start to their own season. However, when Arsenal perform well, as in their 3-0 triumph over Manchester United and 5-2 victory over high-flying Leicester, it is their attacking play that truly catches the eye.

Alexis Sanchez has been in inspired form recently and Mesut Ozil always has the capacity to be a £40-million playmaker. The right wing spot has been shared out though this season, with Ramsey occupying it a few games as well as Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Finally injury free, Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping he can consistently play at the level he has shown both internationally and domestically, and return from the international break as an undisputed starter in Arsenal's starting XI.

In a year where Arsenal have a realistic shout at the title, an in-form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will only add more hope to the challenge, and a goal or assist in the upcoming friendlies could really kick-start his season.

After Manchester United's embarrassing 3-0 loss to Arsenal, fingers were pointed at many players, but one man who must stand up and be counted is England's captain, Wayne Rooney.

Having arguably not performed anywhere near his world-class ability this season, he is beginning to cut a frustrated figure on the football pitch. Although he became England's top scorer in the last international break, the original Wayne Rooney has barely come out in his play for the last few years.

He rarely takes hold of games as he did in his prime but at only 29-years-old he has no excuses of burning out already. It is important for both his career and United's season that he finds some form soon, and a couple of goals against Estonia and Lithuania can only be a good thing for him. A good season at United and a Wayne Rooney in tip top condition could really help England's chances at this coming summer's Euros.

Finally, there is another newcomer to the England squad with Danny Ings earning his first call-up. The pacey and energetic striker is slightly similar in his playing style to Jamie Vardy mentioned earlier.

Prolific with Burnley both in the Championship and the Premier League he got a well-deserved move to now managerless Liverpool. He has managed to grab a couple of goals in a Liverpool side flattering to deceive so far this season.

Ings will be looking to capitalise on his chance with the England team, being chosen for two rather easy fixtures. With Sturridge not picked for this round of fixtures, he'll be hoping to give Roy Hodgson something to think about over the coming season as the competition for a place in the England squad heats up.

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