As is often the case when it comes to international squads, many fans tend to feel that one or two players from their respective clubs should have been called up.
In Gareth Southgate’s latest selection for England, Newcastle had no representatives in the mix. On Tuesday night, the Three Lions managed to edge a topsy-turvy encounter with Kosovo at St Mary’s, but the game had a number of defensive lapses from the home side.
Michael Keane’s howler in the opening minute of the clash gifted Kosovo a shock opener, whilst holding midfielder Declan Rice struggled to break things up in the middle of the park. Manchester United man Harry Maguire gave away a penalty in the second half.
After seeing England’s shocking defensive display, Newcastle fans flooded to Twitter to question how the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Isaac Hayden weren’t given a proper look-in by Southgate.
Many supporters of the Tyneside club felt aggrieved Keane was deemed to be a better centre-back than Lascelles, with one fan in particular claiming the latter would not have made the same mistake the Everton defender committed.
Some fans suggested Southgate had simply ignored the northeast, and wondered whether their players would have got in had they been playing for a London-based club.
Check out some of the reaction of Newcastle fans below:
Some squad members selection baffle me,Lascelles is much better than Keane. What about Hayden It surprises me you would think he had a knowledge of north east football. #GarethSouthgate
— Paul Garfoot (@Garf0412) 11 September 2019
When you see players of his calibre getting call ups it’s a bit off that Hayden/ Lascelles haven’t even had a sniff.
— DG (@DavidJG80) 10 September 2019
Lascelles wouldn’t have done that. Just saying.
— TX_Maximis (@toon_tx) 10 September 2019
If only Lascelles played for a london club
— John Lewis (@metalhead4eva) 10 September 2019
Lascelles isn’t even the best CB in our squad yet he is twice the player Keane is and should be in the squad in front of him imo #NUFC
— Pasty Guy (@Joeeeeeee_96) 10 September 2019
How Michael Keane is an England centre back starting and Jamal Lascelles hasn’t even been called up ever blows my mind.
— (@nufcniall) 10 September 2019
A @Lascelles16 led defence
= ???????form for a long period of time.
Scandalous that he hasn’t even had 1 call up in the last 2 years.
Especially when you look at long list of CB’s that have been called up that haven’t led a defence to this defensive record in past 2 years. pic.twitter.com/OHYr3ZzIrU
— Rafa Facts (@FactsRafa) 10 September 2019
Isaac Hayden would be better than Rice imo but Southgate doesnt consider Newcastle players.
— Oliver Miller (@xOliverMiller) 10 September 2019
Isaac Hayden is miles better than rice
— Michelle (@nufcmichelle) 10 September 2019