‘What a time to be a right-back’: Gary Neville leads the reaction as England boss Gareth Southgate names his final Euro 2020 roster with four right-backs included
England’s roster for Euro 2020 has been named, with manager Gareth Southgate letting Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins and Mason Greenwood, from his preliminary roster, the latter missing due to injury.
After much discussion, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was included in the roster, as was Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka.
After the announcement of the selection, there was a lot of discussion on social media.
Ex-England star Gary Neville was happy to see four right-backs in Gareth Southgate’s squad and joked about Jamie Carragher’s claim that ‘no one wants to grow up to be Gary Neville’
Ex-England international Gary Neville led the reaction, commenting on the decision to include four right-backs – Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier.
The former Manchester United defender joked about fellow pundit Jamie Carragher’s earlier claim that “no one wants to grow up like Gary Neville.”
He wrote: ‘What a time to be a right-back!! ‘No one wants to grow up to be Gary Neville’ will go down with ‘you can’t gain anything with kids’ in Punditry folklore @carra
4 right-backs in the selection!
Some thought the decision to name four right-backs, including Trent Alexander-Arnold, was unnecessary
Gary Lineker wished the squad the best of luck and called on the selected players to make the country proud.
He wrote: ‘Congratulations to those selected for England’s great young squad. Good luck to all of you. Go make your country proud.’
Ian Wright spoke of a ‘proud moment’ for the selected players. He wrote: ‘Proud moment for everyone in the squad and their families. Congratulations!!! Come on England!!!’.
A supporter questioned England’s goalkeeping options and their defence. They wrote: ‘England’s weakest goalkeeper and central defense in a long time. Maybe ever?’.
A fan disagreed with Neville over the inclusion of four right-backs. They wrote: ‘4 right-backs, but only 2 strikers? And no Lingard!? Very weird…’
Some supporters were not happy with Southgate’s choice to include Tyrone Mings in the roster
Tyrone Mings was included in the squad, which was not well received in some quarters.
One fan wrote: ‘Obviously everyone has a different opinion on who should bring Southgate to the Euros, but I think we can all agree that Tyrone Mings shouldn’t be allowed near the England squad.’
Some believed that Everton defender Godfrey should have been chosen over Conor Coady.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Conor coady to get into the England squad is a joke. Ben Godfrey should be there in his place.’
The decision to sign Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, has been widely praised, with one user writing: ‘Trent is by far England’s best right-back and one of the most creative players, the idea that he may have been dropped due to lack of form is ridiculous.’
Some regretted the decision not to include James Ward-Prowse, given his impressive set pieces impressive
A supporter complained about the decision not to include Ward-Prowse, given the Southampton midfielder’s abilities of set pieces. They wrote, “Dropping Ward-Prowse still hurts me. They have very good attacking players who would win set pieces for them and there is no better person for that than WP imo.’