Former England international, Gary Lineker has taken a swipe at the English professional football manager, Gareth Southgate over his decision to leave defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench during England’s Nations League 1-0 against Italy on Friday night.
Lineker also criticized Southgate for leaving out James Maddison, who he described as England’s most creative midfielder in his 28-man squad.
England were consigned to Nations League relegation as a result of their 1-0 loss to Italy at San Siro in Milan, their third loss in five matches.
Southgate was booed off the pitch by the travelling supporters at the end of the match, just months after he was jeered by disgruntled fans at Wembley following England’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Hungary back in June.
However, Southgate has now come under intense criticism of late, with Lineker the latest to slam the coach for his reasoning to leave Alexander-Arnold, who he described as England’s most creative footballer, out of the starting line-up against Italy.
In a tweet via his Twitter handle, Lineker wrote: “A gentle reminder that England’s most creative midfielder, @Madders10 was not in the squad of 28. And England’s most creative footballer, @TrentAA sat on the bench getting splinters in his a**…”