A number of Newcastle United fans have been discussing Gareth Southgate’s view of Jamaal Lascelles after Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings became the 12th centre-back used by the England boss.
Mings made his Three Lions debut on Monday night alongside Manchester United’s Harry Maguire against Bulgaria, as Southgate opted to make a change at the back by removing Everton’s Michael Keane from the side that lost to the Czech Republic last week.
Southgate has previously trusted Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Joe Gomez, Kyle Walker, Lewis Dunk, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Chris Smalling and James Tarkowski as his central defensive options, and included Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori in his England squad for the first time this international break.
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Burnley’s Ben Gibson has also been named on the Three Lions bench thrice under Southgate, as has Fulham’s Alfie Mawson, although like Tomori, they did not enter the action to earn their senior debuts.
Newcastle’s Lascelles, meanwhile, is yet to earn a call-up to any England senior squad, with his last outing for the Three Lions coming in an U21 friendly against France in November 2014.
Since then, the Magpies captain has helped the St. James’ Park outfit return to the Premier League as Championship title holders and formed one of the best top-flight backlines in the Toon’s maiden campaign back in the highest tier of English domestic football.
United shipped 47 goals in the 2017/18 campaign, which only the top five of that season and seventh-placed Burnley could better. Newcastle conceded just one more in the 18/19 term, too, despite slipping from a tenth-placed finish to 13th in the Premier League standings.
Toon supporters are at a loss as to what more Lascelles needs to show in order to earn a maiden cap or a call-up by Southgate, with one calling the Derby-born defender’s continued absence “a complete joke”.
Others have suggested that Southgate has often chosen his teams on names over form and that it is “scandalous” that Lascelles continues to be overlooked.
Here are some of the messages shared…
— Sanjay (@nufcsanjay) October 14, 2019
Yet @Lascelles16 for the last 2 years has led a newly promoted side to having one of the best defensive records in the PL hasn’t had a look in?
Only Man City & Liverpool conceded less away goals last season.
Scandalous that Lascelles hasn’t even had a look in the last 2 years. pic.twitter.com/atuSbhnRNE
— Rafa Facts (@FactsRafa) October 14, 2019
@GarethSouthgate I don’t understand your selection criteria. You said you’d pick on form not reputation. Mount and Mings play well in a handful of games and walk in. Maddison and Lascelles (fewest goals outside top 6 last season) have demonstrated form over a sustained period.
— Alex Russell (@Dibs1986) October 14, 2019
I really don’t get how Mings and Keane get into this squad but Lascelles (club captain) who led a team to a top 10 finish doesn’t even get a sniff of the squad. Team stinks of names not form.
— Cal (@callumandrews) October 14, 2019
— Irrelevant point (@PointIrrelevant) October 14, 2019
Tbh, on balance, over the past two and a bit seasons in the Premier League, Lascelles has been better than:
What’s he got to do? Captained #NUFC to a top 10 finish, was a mainstay under Rafa Benitez. Surely he’s good enough for one cap
— Rohan Banerjee (@RBanerjee23) October 14, 2019