Arsenal legend Ian Wright and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton were not pleased with England coach Roy Hodgson’s decision not to play West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino against Scotland.
West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is yet to make his England international debut despite being with Roy Hodgson’s squad over the last week or so.
The 21-year-old was called up to the Three Lions’ squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and for the friendly international against Scotland.
Berahino did not feature against Slovenia at London’s Wembley Stadium last week, and understandably so. England needed to win that match - which they did - and needed their best players.
The youngster did not start against Scotland at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Tuesday. Again, it was not wholly unexpected given that the match was a matter of pride, and Hodgson needed his best players.
However, one would have expected Berahino to make at least a substitute appearance, especially as England (eventually) eased to a 3-1 victory.
But Hodgson did not bring on the youngster, throwing out Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert instead with 10 minutes to go.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was not pleased with the decision and make his opinion known on social networking site Twitter.
This game might suit Berahino. Hope he gets some game time.— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) November 18, 2014
Celtic park reminds me of the mural at highbury.— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) November 18, 2014
Lambert instead of Berahino!— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) November 18, 2014
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was also left surprised at Hodgson’s decision and expressed himself on Twitter
What's the point in Lambert, Roy? Didn't you call up Berahino? Surely you know what Lambert offers by now? And Barkley, where's Barkley?— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) November 18, 2014
This is not the first time that Hodgson has called up a player for the first time and not played him.
Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne was with the England squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia last month, but he was an unused substitute in both matches.