Fans react to England shake-up

England have made an abrupt change to the squad that interim manager Gareth Southgate selected on Sunday night.

The inclusion of Stoke City defender Glen Johnson surprised many, considering the 54-cap international hasn’t represented the Three Lions since the 2014 World Cup and the Potters have been disastrous at the back this season – conceding a staggering 16 times.

However, the controversial decision has now been taken out of Southgate’s hands, with Johnson withdrawing from the squad to face Malta and Slovenia due to injury.

And England have already announced the veteran full-back’s replacement, issuing Burnley defender Michael Keane his first call-up at senior level after representing the U21s on 16 occasions.

The 23-year-old has been in good form this season, scoring once and helping Burnley claim two clean sheets in seven Premier League outings.

Needless to say, some on Twitter (including Phil Neville) are pretty chuffed for the Burnley defender:

Meanwhile, there’s not too much sympathy for Johnson’s ‘injury’ – which many are rather sceptical about: