Before England touched down in Russia for the World Cup, fans debated about Gareth Southgate’s squad.
The majority of the manager’s selection was welcomed by the supporters, but in defence, there was a slight bit of controversy.7
Many felt that Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles deserves to be picked ahead of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.
Lascelles had an impressive season for the Magpies, but he continues to struggle to get a chance at international level.
Prior to the tournament, Maguire had only earned five caps for his country, but he was trusted by Southgate to form part of a back three.
The 25-year-0ld has featured in all five of England’s matches, and he scored his first international goal on Saturday as the Three Lions earned a spot in the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Sweden.
Throughout the campaign, Maguire has been a solid figure in defence, but he has also proved to be a big threat from set pieces.
Fans who thought that Lascelles should have been selected ahead of Maguire are now admitting via Twitter that they were wrong.
Can’t believe I wanted Lascelles in ahead of Maguire. He’s had a bloody fantastic tournament #ItsComingHome
— Kieran Higgins (@jiggins1994) July 8, 2018
I kicked off that Lascelles was left out of the squad for Maguire. I have nothing to say to be honest. I love Maguire.
— Спокойная минута (@sportingminute) July 7, 2018
Maguire is literally the best centre back for England and some people were outraged when he was chosen over Smalling/Lascelles
— Vicente Diabaté (@vardymycaptain) July 7, 2018
— Mark mabon (@Mabon66) July 7, 2018
Before this World Cup I would have said Lascelles is a better player than Maguire. Been proved very wrong in fairness ??♂️
— Sean Elderbrant (@SeanElderbrant) July 7, 2018
I was of the opinion Lascelles > Maguire … not sure I hold that opinion anymore
— Tyla J Roxburgh (@UltimaRed) July 7, 2018