England fans furious as Gareth Southgate picks Dier and Maguire over Tomori in his World Cup squad
‘Nothing short of a DISGRACE’: Fans react with fury at Gareth Southgate’s ‘criminal’ decision to pick Eric Dier and Harry Maguire over Fikayo Tomori in his 26-man Qatar World Cup squad
Fans have reacted angrily after Gareth Southgate selected Harry Maguire and Eric Dier in his World Cup squad on Thursday.
Tottenham defender Dier has made several high-profile errors in recent weeks, while Manchester United captain Maguire is fourth choice for his club and has only started three Premier League matches this season.
And fans quickly took to social media to react to the squad and criticise the inclusion of the centre backs at the expense of players like Fikayo Tomori.
Elsewhere, Leicester’s James Maddison is the headline name included. He was praised by TV host Gary Lineker for forcing his way into Southgate’s plans, while it was revealed he accidentally missed the manager’s phone call about making it in.
Fans have reacted angrily at the inclusion of Eric Dier (above) in England’s World Cup squad
Dier and Harry Maguire (left) were named in the 26-man list of boss Gareth Southgate (right)
But Three Lions manager Southgate has been criticised on social media for certain decisions
Maguire, Dier, Manchester City pair John Stones and Kyle Walker, Arsenal’s Ben White and Everton’s Conor Coady are the six centre backs named in the squad.
Stones, particularly, and Walker – having evidently proved his fitness as he recovers from injury – were nailed-on to travel to Qatar, with White gaining a place after fine form for Premier League leaders Arsenal.
But the inclusions of Dier, Maguire and even Coady ahead of several viable alternatives like AC Milan star Tomori and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi has caused consternation among fans – who were not afraid to air their feelings on Twitter.
Fans quickly took to social media to question the inclusion of the pair ahead of Fikayo Tomori
One said: ‘Eric Dier and Harry Maguire being picked over Tomori is criminal #England.’
A second added: ‘Coady is good, but selecting Dier and Maguire over Tomori is bad.’
Another posted: ‘Dier and Maguire over Tomori and Rashford over Toney, is nothing short of a disgrace Only positive is Maddison made it. #SouthgateOut.’
Some others suggested Marc Guehi and Chris Smalling should have made it ahead of the duo
One tweeted: ‘So you’re telling me Tomori don’t get in over Dier, Coady or Maguire…cmon man lol.’
A fifth said: ‘Even Rob Holding had to be on a plane coz he is far better than Dier and Maguire,’ followed by a cry-laughing emoji.
Another concluded: ‘Maguire, coady and dier going to World Cup in front of tomori, Guehi and even smalling is why I don’t trust this country to succeed in anything.’
England squad for the World Cup
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).
Defenders: Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal), John Stones (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Conor Coady (Wolves), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Declan Rice (West Ham), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea).
Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), James Maddison (Leicester), Harry Kane (captain, Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Callum Wilson (Newcastle).