Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter in bemusement after Gareth Southgate explained why Jack Grealish didn’t come off the bench against Denmark.
The Three Lions were put in a difficult position early on after Harry Maguire’s first-half red card, meaning the England manager had to change his game plan.
He told Sky Sports (via The Daily Mail): “We had to go with speed in the wide areas and athleticism in the wide areas because with ten you have got such a shift without the ball. Mason [Mount] and Marcus [Rashford] did that really well.”
The ex-Middlesbrough boss subbed Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on, leaving Grealish on the bench, and his explanation behind that decision has left supporters baffled.
A graphic from the BBC shows the Villa captain is actually among the fastest players in the Premier League this season, sitting joint-sixth in the table.
Southgate looking like an absolute chump, putting it nicely— Greg Trappett (@TrappManG) October 14, 2020
Did we attack with speed? Must have been too quick for me to see. Joke manager— The Brooks 🦁 (@thebrooks77) October 14, 2020
At this point Southgate is really clutching at straws for reasons not to pick Grealish. Has to be personal https://t.co/8uq8dOnmoC— Dan Cahill (@Daniel_Cahill97) October 15, 2020
And how did that work out, Gareth? He's a joke. https://t.co/xsGPrasc7g— Minnesota Lions (@LionsMinnesota) October 14, 2020
Unbelievable. https://t.co/GMh2huEtbK— Andrew Raeburn (@andrew_raeburn) October 14, 2020