England fans have been discussing the problems which contributed to the Three Lions’ defeat against the Czech Republic, with many pointing to the defence as an area of concern.
In particular, Everton’s Michael Keane has been singled out as a player who shouldn’t be near the side due to his lack of form for both club and country.
He has played a part in England’s previous three matches, in which they have conceded five goals, whilst for the Toffees he hasn’t fared much better, with 11 goals conceded in his past five matches.
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As a result, many believe other centre-backs are in better form, and Gareth Southgate has a number of options to choose from.
Some think Joe Gomez deserves to start ahead of him, but the Liverpool defender has rarely featured this season, with 390 minutes played, excluding the Community Shield, and his last outing saw the Reds concede three times against RB Salzburg in the Champions League.
Tyrone Mings has also been included in the squad while Burnley’s James Tarkowski is another who could replace Keane having featured previously, especially considering his current form, with a WhoScored average rating of over 7 and three clean sheets in eight games.
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Here are some of the reactions from England fans discussing Keane’s place in the side.
Keane & Rice aren’t up to it in my opinion. Would also prefer Gomez & Alexander Arnold in defence, plus Maddison as no 10 when fit
— Glenn B (@glennNFFCENG) October 13, 2019
Pretty much spot on. Keane is not good enough for International football and why is Winks not starting???
— Barry Camp (@campos4420) October 12, 2019
Gomez and Maguire have to be our CB partnership with Rice in support. 100% we don’t need two holding mids we need more creativity to get the ball where we’re most dangerous, going forward. One of the best front 3s in world football. #TogetherForEngland ?????????????????
— Wayne Adams ??????? (@WayneAdams918) October 12, 2019
Gomez and Arnold feature for Prem leaders so despite what game time they have they will bringing confidence and a winning mentality into the team unlike Rose and Keane. Also Leicester doing well so surely Chilwell should be in
— Mark Griffiths (@Macca3lions) October 13, 2019
Agreed. Keane is woeful. Henderson and Rice together is so negative, could understand it against top teams. Hopefully Ox can work his way back in this season
— Brad Marriott (@bradmarriott10) October 12, 2019
Keane should be nowhere near the side. There are much better players inform right now, some who haven’t even had a call-up. Playing 2 defensive players in Rice & Henderson against teams in this group is far too defensive.
— Luke Chamberlain (@ChamberlainLuke) October 12, 2019
Drop Trippier, Keane, Rose, Rice
Bring in TAA, Gomez, Chilwell, Winks
At the very least
— Scott Prentice (@scottprentice3) October 12, 2019