Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett has been cruelly mocked on Twitter following his disappointing performance in Sunday’s 5-3 defeat to Leicester City.
The inexperienced 20-year was shown a red card after conceding a penalty, but it was reported on Tuesday that the centre-back could still be called up for England’s forthcoming fixtures against San Marino and Estonia next month.
But not everyone was impressed by the news. The Daily Star have picked out a selection of tweets which suggest that Roy Hodgson should think twice before selecting the Manchester-born defender in his next squad.
One user wrote: “Tyler Blackett for @england ? Shows just how much of a joke England selection is. Play for Scum.. fast tracked to a call up. Absolute joke.”
While another tweeted: “If Tyler Blackett played for Burnley he'd be nowhere near the england squad. He wouldn't even be in the Burnley first XI.”
Perhaps the most cutting tweet came from a young man who goes by the name of Mr LeKido, who wrote: “Tyler Blackett is the centre back version of Yaya Sanogo.”
Blackett still developing
Like Blackett, the much-maligned Arsenal striker is still developing and perhaps not quite ready for first-team football at the Emirates Stadium, but circumstances have seen him thrown into the deep end with the north London outfit.
It’s true that very few would have expected Blackett to have appeared in all five of Manchester United’s Premier League matches this season.
But the youngster had exceeded expectations up until the game against Leicester last weekend, producing a series of commanding display at the heart of United’s make-shift defence.
Blackett could make England debut v San Marino
He will miss the Red Devils’ next fixture, against West Ham on Saturday, and could face a prolonged spell on the bench depending on how Marcos Rojo performs in central defence.
It’s expected that £27 million summer signing Luke Shaw will replace Rojo at left-back this weekend.
Hodgson may still take a gamble on Blackett as he seeks to find a regular partner for Gary Cahill ahead of the 2016 European Championships in France, which will almost certainly feature England following their victory away in Switzerland earlier this month.
The Three Lions are not expected to encounter any sort of difficulty against San Marino next month, which could be the perfect match for Hodgson to hand Blackett his senior England debut.
But, if that happens, expect to see more cruel tweets like the following: "Football went mad years ago but Tyler Blackett playing for England after just 8 first team games is ridiculous. Did Roy see the game on Sun".