Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to criticise Gareth Southgate’s selections in wake of England’s disappointing defeat to Italy.
England were relegated in the Nations League after stumbling to a 1-0 defeat at the San Siro on Friday night, not the ideal way to build momentum ahead of the World Cup.
Fans who were previously on the fence have now turned against Southgate, who has been branded inept, with many voicing their desire for him to be given his marching orders.
Gary Lineker has not quite gone that far, but he hasn’t shied away from criticising Southgate’s selection choices following the loss against Italy, who won’t even be competing in the World Cup.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) September 23, 2022
It’s not news that England’s creative expression is hamstrung by Southgate’s desire to remain solid, but he has struggled to find a balancing act that has proven fruitful for him.
James Maddison’s omission is baffling, with the form he has been in. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s is less so, with the full-back having been a defensive catastrophe this campaign.
Ultimately, fans can tolerate players being left out if the performances and results justify it. At current, England’s performances and results are not good enough.