‘One thing I disagree with’: BBC pundit cannot believe what Southgate has done with former Chelsea player

Clinton Morrison completely rejected Gareth Southgate’s decision to overlook Fikayo Tomori for the latest England squad.

Speaking on the BBC Football Daily, Morrison questioned Southgate’s call to not include the former Chelsea defender in the recent Three Lions camp.

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Fikayo forgotten

Tomori had to watch on from Milan whilst his compatriots defeated Switzerland and the Ivory Coast in two friendlies at Wembley.

He must’ve heard the unjust boos for Harry Maguire, watched Ben White playing out of position, or seen John Stones drop out because of injury.

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All players vying for the same position that, based on form, cannot really match the AC Milan defender.

Few English centre-backs can claim to have performed better than Tomori since his move from Chelsea to the San Siro last summer.

He has earned praise of the highest order throughout his time in Serie A, none more so than from Milan legends Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi.

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The 23-year-old is currently enjoying a title charge with the Rossoneri at the heart of their defence.

Therefore, to think he cannot even make it into an England team hit by injuries is rather unthinkable.   

“Tomori should have been in the squad. That’s the one thing I disagree with Gareth Southgate,” said Morrison.

“AC Milan are top of the league and he’s been a sensation. They have (Simon) Kjaer, their main centre-half, he’s been injured most of the season and Tomori has come in and fitted well.

“When Baresi and Maldini are saying you’re a superb defender, you must be half decent, two of the best are saying that.”

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Clearly, Southgate does not share this view, otherwise, Tomori would’ve been on the plane to London.

There aren’t many more chances for the Chelsea academy scholar to pull on an England jersey before the World Cup in Qatar.

But as Rio Ferdinand rightly said, all he can do is to continue to perform for Milan and hope his international manager has a change of heart.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.