Chris Smalling is almost guaranteed to be England’s first choice centre-half this summer and he has been sent off in the FA Cup final. Another big game red card for the ex-Fulham man and it is leaving England’s Euros opportunity in the lurch. England’s notable defensive weakness has just been further undermined by Smalling’s reckless defending and there is trouble on the horizon for Hodgson.
Getting far too tight to his men throughout the game, Smalling could easily have been the second United player sent off after Rooney, England captain, was pushing the boundaries too. Yannick Bolasie is a pacey customer, you don’t want to let him get a run on you but the idiocy of Smalling’s decision just shows how messed up England’s defence will be this summer.
And England fans really are a bit concerned…
Chris Smalling had a brilliant first 6 months, but for some reason, he's slipped back to his old self. A real worry ahead of the Euros, too.
— Liam Canning (@OffsideLiam) May 21, 2016
Smalling has a lot of growing up to do. Doesn't bode well for England in the Euros.
— Ben Hunt (@benjhunt) May 21, 2016
Not sure that many will be too optimistic about the prospect of Gareth Bale running at Smalling…