England fans baffled by Southgate’s right-back selection – despite four options
England fans have been left scratching their heads after Gareth Southgate picked a centre-back at right-back for Sunday’s match against Romania – despite having four right-backs in the squad.
Southgate’s decision to include four right-sided full-backs in his 26-man squad for the European Championship has been the cause of much discussion since details emerged last week.
Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold all received the nod for the pan-continental tournament, although the latter of the quartet will now miss out through injury.
That still leaves three right-backs for Southgate to choose from – so it’s a mystery to some why he opted to go with a centre-half in the full-back position for Sunday’s warm-up game against Romania.
Despite Trippier being named on the bench for the match at the Riverside, it was Ben Godfrey who was picked in the starting XI at right-back.
Supporters couldn’t understand the logic behind the decision and chose to vent their frustrating on Twitter.
One wrote: “When you’ve only selected 32 right backs in the squad, so you have to get a centre back to fill in…”
While another said: “A million right backs and play a centre back there.”
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A third person added: “comedian southgate picking 4 right backs to play a centre back at right back.”
“6 million right backs either in the squad or available for selection and he plays a centre back there”, was the view of a fourth bemused fan.
Southgate opted to field a more experimental side against Romania, with Sam Johnstone, Ben White, Tyron Mings and James Ward-Prowse among those given a chance to impress.
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