“It’s criminal” – Fans react to Southgate’s decision to play right-back Trippier at left-back instead of Chilwell

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England fans were been left puzzled by Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for England’s victory over Croatia.

Southgate started Kieran Trippier, who usually operates as right back, as a left-back and left out Ben Chilwell.

Southgate was expected to pick one of Chilwell or Luke Shaw at left back with both having had impressive seasons for Chelsea and Manchester United resepectively.

Trippier, who usually operates as right back, has only ever played one game at left back in his club career.

Fans were unimpressed with Southgate’s decision.

One fan simply tweeted: “Trippier at LB over Shaw or Chilwell is ridiculous.”

Another wrote: “Two world class left-backs in the squad and he picks a right-back to play there? Indefensible.”

One supporter wrote on Twitter: “Southgate starting Sterling over Grealish and Trippier LB is criminal.”

Another fan said: “If this is the side I cannot understand why after picking two LB’s in the squad in Chilwell and Shaw Southgate is going with a RB Trippier at LB. Also leaving out our most creative player in Grealish. Very bizarre.”

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