As the words came tumbling out of his mouth, I suspect England football coach Gareth Southgate (above) regretted suggesting he’d picked players who aren’t good enough for international football in his latest squad.
But I salute him for a refreshing burst of honesty, however accidental.
Jake Livermore and Fabian Delph are in even though they are not regulars with their own club sides.
At least Delph plays for the star-studded Manchester City side, but Livermore plays for bang average West Brom.
England will win tonight (October 5) and qualify for the World Cup in Russia, but the influx of too many ordinary players, and coaches for that matter, from overseas and an over-promoted manager will ensure that’s as good as it gets.
HERO OF THE WEEK
The latest England football squad is full of shocking players, but one man stands taller than the others and should be installed as permanent skipper instantly. Harry Kane scored 13 goals in eight matches in September. He doesn’t get caught out on the booze, he doesn’t dive and he doesn’t make obscene gesticulations.
SWANN IS A DOPEY PUNDIT
The useful idiots were quick to rush to the defence of disgraced England cricket all-rounder Ben Stokes, apparently opinions based on the fact that he’s a top player rather than on any obvious evidence of his innocence. Unsurprisingly, dopey pundit, and a man who unforgivably walked out on England midway through an Ashes tour, Graeme Swann managed to suggest Stokes should be ‘patted on the head’ for laying out a man, who didn’t look ready for a fight, with one punch, a statement he was forced to clarify within hours after people far cleverer than him took umbrage.
That’s the danger of social media and the ease for instant commentary when placed in the hands of fools who rush in to tweet without considering the repercussions.