England fans were left fuming over Gareth Southgate's team selection as they opened their EURO 2020 campaign against Croatia on Sunday afternoon.
Southgate made bold decisions in his selection, and fans could not wrap their minds around them.
There was no place for either Luke Shaw or Ben Chilwell in the starting team, with the latter omitted from the squad entirely.
Instead, Southgate started Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier on the flanks, much to the amusement of many.
Raheem Sterling was also preferred ahead of Jack Grealish, with Kevin Phillips perhaps the surprise inclusion in the starting team.
I’m appalled by this team (No Grealish? A right back at left back? Phillips starts? Sancho not even on the bench?)…..unless it wins, then I always thought it was a courageous and inspired selection by Southgate.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 13, 2021
Come on England! 👊🔥🙏 https://t.co/j9Ip545E1L
Southgate: "You know what to do"— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) June 13, 2021
Southgate: "Me neither, tell Harry I said hi" pic.twitter.com/BfybjHDO7R
RB Kieran Trippier starting at LB over Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell (who’s not even on the bench).— EiF (@EiFSoccer) June 13, 2021
The brilliant Jack Grealish benched for Sterling, who isn’t half the footballer Grealish is.
Jadon Sancho not even on the bench.
This isn’t just bad from Southgate. It’s criminal.
Gareth Southgate taking 4 RB’s and 2 LB’s an playing 0 LB’s pic.twitter.com/cVi8OVnMvF— Dylan🐦 (@efcstaffo) June 13, 2021
Southgate has to wake up. England are much better than what they're showing. A natural left back and Phillips in a natural midfield role and they can win this game. Mount has to keep dropping deep to get touches but he'd be able to stay higher & combine if Phillips stayed deeper.— EBL (@EBL2017) June 13, 2021
England and Croatia remain at deadlock at half-time 🔒— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) June 13, 2021
Is it time for Southgate to bring on some Grealish magic? pic.twitter.com/VxEfcgt1br
Southgate leading England to win the #EURO2020— Antisocial ➐ (@IbFiner) June 13, 2021
Benched his best LB -Shaw and Chilwell
Benched his prime midfielder-Grealish
Playing Phillips- Only God knows why
Playing (Trippier) a RB as LB
England won’t last ffs pic.twitter.com/chf47SIsmE
Southgate’s notes during the match have been leaked pic.twitter.com/IK44aNIWfD— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) June 13, 2021