The 25-year-old has been widely praised for his Southampton exploits this season, although the defender was initially overlooked repeatedly by Hodgson but eventually made it into the Three Lions’ squad after several players pulled out injured.
Even so, Kieran Gibbs started at left-back against Italy on Wednesday night, while Bertrand’s team-mate with the Saints, Nathaniel Clyne, enjoyed a starting berth at right-back.
And it wasn't until two minutes to go that Bertrand was even given a sniff against the Italians, something that very much irked former Southampton man Benali on social media:
Feel for @ryanbertrand3 tonight. Roy Hodgson puts him on for 2 minutes!! Is he for real?????— Francis Benali (@FrannyBenali) March 31, 2015
Many Southampton fans shared Benali’s disapproval on Twitter, expressing their dismay that the likes of Danny Rose and Gibbs were even considered ahead of Bertrand considering his Premier League form.
As well as Clyne, there was better luck for another Saint in Italy, as Graziano Pelle netted for the Italians to open the scoring against England in the first half.
Still, Bertrand at least got an appearance of some kind. He’ll no doubt hope it’s the start of something…