England fans baffled by Gareth Southgate's decision in defeat to Italy
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England fans were left baffled by Gareth Southgate's decision not to play Fikayo Tomori in their Nations League game against Italy.
The Three Lions succumbed to the Euro 2020 champions on Friday as Giacomo Raspadoi scored the only goal of the game in the second half.
Southgate's starting XI confused fans before the match and his decision not to use Tomori stunned people on social media.
The AC Milan defender wasn't given the opportunity to play in his home stadium.
He also knows most of the opposition having played against of them during his time in Milan.
The former Chelsea man was snubbed of a spot in the line-up, with Southgate opting for Manchester United's Harry Maguire.
You just know these Italian fans are laughing at the fact Tomori is on the bench— 𓃵7 🇯🇲 (@StSaeva) September 23, 2022
This is what happens when you pick players who are out of form and not playing for their clubs. Tomori, White, Sancho the list goes on of who should be out there tonight. They literally couldn't do any worse— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) September 23, 2022
White, Stones, Tomori, Guehi.— • (@camafc_) September 15, 2022
England have some top, top centre backs yet Coady, Maguire, Mings still get in. Absolutely criminal and baffling.
Any coach who starts Maguire ahead of Tomori doesn’t deserve a handkerchief when he starts crying.— Jalo Abba II (@Jalo_Abba_) September 23, 2022
Have a hard time digesting Tomori on the bench for England— Matteo Bonetti (@Bonetti) September 23, 2022
One Twitter user wrote: "If ever there was a time to give Fikayo Tomori a start, it was probably now ahead of Eric Dier in his home stadium against Italy.."
A second tweeted: "It’s disgusting and awful management knowing Tomori has been on form with Milan and can’t get a start."
A third added: "How you can leave Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fikayo Tomori on the bench is beyond me."
Another commented: "How Harry Maguire is starting over Tomori or Coady is beyond me.."
Tomori still has a chance to get a run out during the international break, as England resume their Nations League campaign next Monday when they face old rivals Germany.
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