According to reports in The Telegraph, England manager Gareth Southgate is set to hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a vote of confidence by starting the midfielder in the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night, but football fans aren’t impressed.
The Telegraph says that the 24-year-old is likely to start on the right-hand side behind Harry Kane in a 4-2-3-1 formation, despite finding regular game time hard to come by since joining Liverpool from Arsenal during the summer transfer window.
The midfielder has featured for just 73 minutes of the Reds’ previous four Premier League matches, while he has only played one minute of their Champions League campaign so far.
Oxlade-Chamberlain did play the full 90 minutes – his only start under Jurgen Klopp so far – in the EFL Cup defeat to Leicester City, where he put in a particularly disappointing performance.
Fans were quick to have their say on the news via social media, and while some described it as a “shocking decision”, others said it would be “embarrassing” for him to start for England when he doesn’t for his club.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
So much for performance based selection, shocking decision based on shockingly bad displays
— deNoronha (@deNoronhaUK) October 5, 2017
— G (@RiddleMeThis_91) October 5, 2017
He doesn’t even start for Liverpool ! Would be embarrassing for the national team to start him
— kk (@karimkhalil1) October 5, 2017
— cmitch (@jluvgin) October 5, 2017
Is Southgate for real?
— Michael Marlowe (@mikemarlowe6) October 4, 2017
And they wonder why we don't do anything at tournaments #clueless
— Warren🐕🐎⚽🏈 (@fatwaz) October 4, 2017
Is this selection based on current form?!
— Sam h (@samh0111) October 4, 2017
What a joke
— Jordan MacGeever (@jords_mac) October 4, 2017
Based on what? His impressive club performances? What an absolute joke gareth southgate and @England really are. Pathetic.
— Dave Harding (@WelshCobbler) October 4, 2017
— Steve Leigh (@sjl646) October 5, 2017