The England U21s were beaten 2-1 by Slovenia, but Wolves star Morgan Gibbs-White still caught the eye with an impressive display.
The Young Lions were in action on Monday night in their final Euro qualifier in Huddersfield.
Lee Carsley’s side lost a qualifying match for the first time in 11 years, with the manager believing it to be a wake-up call for his players.
He said (via The Independent): “We were slow, lethargic, our tempo wasn’t great. Hopefully it’s a bit of a wake-up call that we’ve still got a lot of improving to do as a squad.”
Despite a poor collective performance from England, it was another productive outing for Gibbs-White.
The star has just enjoyed a fantastic loan spell with Sheffield United, and his form has continued at international youth level.
Gibbs-White was at the heart of all England’s best moments.
He made seven key passes in the game, which was more than double all of Slovenia’s players put together (via Sofascore).
He also created one big chance.
And he was tidy on the ball, completing 55/66 passes (83%).
If Bruno Lage happened to be watching, then he surely would have been pleased with what he saw.
Gibbs-White’s good form continues with England, as speculation swirls about his future
Gibbs-White’s spell with Sheffield United has done him the world of good.
Wolves will be delighted with how is performing at the moment, and hopefully we will be seeing him back in the first-team next season.
It is thought Lage is ready to call on him, and Wolves are looking to convince him to stay at Molineux by offering him a new contract.
It’s up to what Gibbs-White wants to do though.
Hopefully he is keen to stay and make an impact with Wolves in the Premier League.
One gets the feeling that he would seek assurances of game time though if he is going to do that.
The likes of Nottingham Forest, Southampton and AC Milan have all been linked with him already this summer. So it’s possible the £25 million-rated star could yet depart.