It’s already been a controversial week or so for England’s national squad, with Sam Allardyce's contract being terminated after footage emerged of him advising undercover journalists, posing as businessmen, how to bypass FA rules on player transfers.
Allardyce, who negotiated a £400,000 payment for distributing the information to the reporters from the Telegraph, has not only lost what he described as his dream job but may receive further punishment from the FA and police.
Now, the caretaker manager Gareth Southgate, who was appointed by the FA, has caused more controversy among fans and the press alike, in particular for his player selection.
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The former Middlesbrough manager may have only been in his interim role for a few days, but he has already come under scrutiny over his squad selection for the upcoming game against Malta at Wembley Stadium, and an away game against Slovenia.
Most notable was his selection of former Liverpool, and current Stoke City right-back, Glen Johnson.
Johnson, who turned 32 in August, has not featured in the national set up since England’s disastrous World Cup 2014 campaign in Brazil, which saw them fail to get out of their group, finishing bottom.
However, Johnson has now been forced to pull out from the squad due to injury, which has allowed a first-time call-up for Burnley’s Michael Keane.
Although many seem happier with this choice than Johnson, there’s one player who isn’t pleased after suffering yet another snub from his country.
Last year’s Premier League winner Danny Simpson.
Simpson, who was a regular starter for last season’s surprise Premier League winners Leicester City, took to Twitter to vent his frustration at again being snubbed by the national team, writing: “can’t do anymore lol”
The 29-year-old was impressive for the Foxes last season, helping them to 15 clean sheets on the way to their first ever Premier League trophy, however, he is yet to be capped by England.
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