England fans blast Eric Dier and James Maddison exclusions from Gareth Southgate’s squad
‘No Dier is criminal’: England fans rage over Spurs defender’s exclusion, calling it a ‘total injustice’ while calling Leicester star James Maddison’s snub a ‘disorder’, after two were left out of Gareth Southgate’s last team
- England boss Gareth Southgate has named his 27-man squad for the Nations League
- The Three Lions will face Hungary, Germany and Italy over the next month.
- Eric Dier and James Maddison have not been selected in England’s latest selection
- Three Lions fans have taken to social media to rage over the duo not being selected
England fans are shocked that Eric Dier and James Maddison have not been selected in Gareth Southgate’s squad for upcoming Nations League matches.
Jarrod Bowen and Justin James received their first England call-ups, Fikayo Tomori was recalled, while Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was a surprise omission as Southgate rests the veteran midfielder.
There was also no room for Dier or Maddison in the 27-man roster before games against Hungary, Germany and Italy next month.
England fans are shocked that Eric Dier (left) and James Maddison (right) have not been selected in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Tottenham defender Dier has become a crucial part of Antonio Conte’s back line at club level, making 40 appearances in total and helping Spurs secure Champions League football next season.
The 28-year-old has plenty of international experience and could have filled the void with so many defenders out of shape or beaten at the moment.
Instead, Southgate went with Harry Maguire, John Stones, Conor Coady, Marc Guehi, Tomori and Ben White as his options at centre-back.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate opted not to select Dier or Maddison on his squad
One fan said: ‘White on Dier… Gareth is hilarious.’
Another strongly agrees, saying: ‘No Dier in the England team is a criminal.’
A third added: ‘Well done Bowen. Totally deserved. It is a complete injustice that Dier does not return and Maguire is rewarded again for being out of shape.
One simply said: ‘What the hell does @ericdier have to do to get into this squad????’
Fans took to social media to complain that Southgate did not draft Dier and Maddison.
One simply asked what Tottenham defender Dier has to do to get back into the team.
Fans were also furious that Maddison wasn’t included, given his fine form this season. The Leicester man has scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions.
One fan said: ‘Nice squad tbf but how come Maddison isn’t in the shape he has been?’
One Leeds fan was infuriated by the selection of Kalvin Phillips over Maddison, saying: “Unfortunate that James Madison is not on the list, he has been first class in the second half of the season as a Leeds fan. Philips has not done so. enough since he came back from injury. so it’s a surprise to see him back in the team.’
Another simply wanted answers: ‘Can someone explain to me why Maddison is not in the England team?’
One fan liked the look of the team, but couldn’t figure out why there was no Maddison.
A Leeds fan was baffled that Kalvin Phillips made the team over Leicester star Maddison
One fan simply asked why the Foxes midfielder didn’t make the team.
Southgate revealed on Tuesday that the Leicester star’s exclusion is due to the strength of competition in England’s attacking midfield slots, with Mason Mount and Phil Foden favored.
He said about Madison: ‘The season has ended very well; obviously he is scoring goals. We feel like we’re very happy with the players that have been with us in that area of the field, and he’s competing with Mount and Foden in the areas of the field where he’s better.
‘They are a couple of positions where there is a lot of strength in depth. There will always be a debate about a player you don’t pick, but to do that you have to leave out someone who deserves it just as much or more.
SQUAD OF ENGLAND
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolves), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Man City), Ben White (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, on loan from Chelsea), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Man City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Man City)