Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain taste victory

Saturday 29 Aug 2015
Raheem Sterling netted for Manchester City

Raheem Sterling opened his Manchester City account as they beat newly-promoted Watford to preserve their perfect start to the Premier League season.

The winger, who swapped Liverpool for the Etihad Stadium this summer, netted the first of two City goals while England team-mate Joe Hart kept a clean a fifth league clean sheet on the bounce.

Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy earned a point for Leicester City with his last equaliser at Bournemouth.

Callum Wilson had put the hosts ahead but Vardy, who made his England debut in June, won a penalty five minutes from time and dusted himself off to fire home from 12 yards.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain laid on the only goal of the game – a Fabricio Coloccini own goal – as Arsenal edged past ten-man Newcastle 1-0, while Theo Walcott was also involved.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the winner for Arsenal at Newcastle

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain contributed to the winner for Arsenal at Newcastle

England goalkeeper Jack Butland battled bravely between the posts for nine-man Stoke City but could not prevent his side slipping to a 1-0 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.

The winner was set up by Rickie Lambert, who had only recently come off the Baggies bench, and slotted home by new boy Salomon Rondon.

There was frustration for Liverpool’s England cohort as James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez and Jordon Ibe featured in their 3-0 defeat to West Ham.

Gary Cahill was also on the receiving end of an upset as his Chelsea side were beaten 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, John Stones showed why he is in such high demand, combining at the back with Phil Jagielka as Everton held Tottenham to a goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane was denied by Tim Howard when one-on-one in the first half, while Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason and Dele Alli also featured for the hosts.

On Sunday, U21s pair Matt Targett and James Ward-Prowse started as Southampton beat Norwich City by 3-0 at St. Mary's. Their U21 squad-mate Nathan Redmond was in the opposing side on the South Coast.

New England call-up Jonjo Shelvey helped Swansea City to an impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium, with the Reds fielding his fellow Three Lions Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney.

Of the 220 Premier League starters this weekend, 65 can play for England (29.5 per cent). The 2015-16 average to date is 30.5 per cent.

Jonjoe Kenny in action against Holland earlier this season

Jonjoe Kenny helped Wigan to keep a clean sheet against Crewe

Stepping down a division, Lewis Cook capped a fine performance for Leeds United as he set up a late winner for Chris Wood. The youngster, who was named in the U19s squad this week, helped his side defeat Derby County 2-1 at the iPro Stadium. 

Elsewhere in the Championship, fellow U19s squad member Ainsley Maitland-Niles tasted defeat on his 18th birthday. The Arsenal loanee was substituted at half time for Ipswich Town as they went down 3-2 at home to Brighton.

Fellow members of Aidy Boothroyd’s side tasted victory, with Sheyi Ojo appearing as a sub for Wolves as they defeated Charlton Athletic and Louis Reed played the full game for Sheffield United as they won 2-0 at Swindon Town.

Chuba Akpom and Moses Odubajo helped Hull to a 2-0 victory over Preston, getting the best of their England Under-20 team-mate Jordan Pickford in the opposition goal.

And two other Young Lions were celebrating clean sheets. Jonjoe Kenny, on-loan from Everton, was in Wigan Athletic’s defence as they defeated Crewe 1-0 and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was in net for Crawley Town during their goalless draw with Wycombe Wanderers - the third shutout the shotstopper has recorded since joining the League Two side on loan from Newcastle United.

By FA Staff By Paddy von Behr