Buoyed by my ever-increasing confidence in this Everton side, I found myself contributing to the Andy Goldstein phone-in on TalkSport last Thursday. The discussion was about outside selections for the England team.
Danny Murphy had already damned Jordan Pickford with faint praise by suggesting that, although shaky for his club, he is still a definite starter for his country and (begrudgingly) admitting that he never lets England down. I fully planned to challenge this lazy journalism with the statistics to show his complete turnaround in attitude and application since January, but decided to ease myself in slowly with a suggestion that Andros Townsend should be considered for an England recall.
Murphy was fairly dismissive, as you might expect, and so imagine my delight when Andros scored again on Saturday and I discovered who was a pundit on MotD on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, I wasn't name-checked and given the apology I rightly deserved.
I also wasn't given a right to reply on Thursday when I'd planned to give him both barrels about Pickford.
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1 Posted 05/10/2021 at 15:39:47
2 Posted 05/10/2021 at 15:52:43
3 Posted 05/10/2021 at 18:04:26
4 Posted 05/10/2021 at 18:10:45
5 Posted 05/10/2021 at 18:19:14
Not withstanding injuries he chops and changes when he should just go with the same squad instead of following the media.
Picking the likes of Tammie Abraham is ridiculous as he will never be a class act. He may stand out if he was in the struggling Andorra team they are facing next but he will never do well against the class teams they meet in the World cup proper.
I suppose if Townsend had signed for Manure he would have been selected on current form.
6 Posted 05/10/2021 at 18:32:16
7 Posted 05/10/2021 at 18:46:21
Sancho included not on form but so Southgate “can put an arm around his shoulder”. Farcical stuff.
8 Posted 05/10/2021 at 19:34:54
I don't want any of our players selected for any national side. Too many come back crocked with the latest examples being Digne, Coleman and Allan.
Thanks but no thanks.
9 Posted 05/10/2021 at 20:07:16
10 Posted 05/10/2021 at 20:48:47
11 Posted 05/10/2021 at 21:00:55
Luckily I don't think my comment had Southgate wondering...
12 Posted 05/10/2021 at 21:52:45
Difficult to break through in his position because of the talent in front of him but he is the one who looks like he can comfortably play at the next level to me.
13 Posted 05/10/2021 at 23:47:59
14 Posted 06/10/2021 at 13:32:24
15 Posted 08/10/2021 at 00:44:05
16 Posted 08/10/2021 at 14:07:49
Demarai Gray, though, is a different matter. If he carries on the way he has started, hell have to be given a shot at some point. Especially when you look at the indifferent form of Hudson Odoi, Rashford, Sancho, Loftus Cheek, Barkley, Maddison etc
Hes more likely to make it than Townsend in my opinion, even though I love what Townsend has been doing in a blue shirt. The pair of them are contenders for signing of the season without a doubt so far…
17 Posted 11/10/2021 at 08:57:53
18 Posted 13/10/2021 at 09:43:28
19 Posted 13/10/2021 at 11:07:12
As long as he keeps doing the business for us,than am more than happy folks!.
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