I don't get the training form argument? Are they saying that they practiced penalties and selected the five that had the best average?First impression: that sounds like a stretch. But the decision to go by "training form" only - non-negotiable - is so batshit insane that it could well be the actual reason.
Whatever it is, Grealish's statement along with Southgate's own admission that training form was the one and only factor makes me reverse my earlier sympathy for Southgate here. This was nuts. Absolutely NUTS. But he'd still have nothing on that Economist article. I still can't process how infinitely moronic that is, lol.
Otherwise I'm talking about the criticism from Linekar and Keane, amongst others who suggested that Grealish didnt step up, leaving the last two takers to have to take them.
Jack Grealish has been accused of 'throwing Gareth Southgate under the bus' in a Twitter exchange
I do think there was a bit of virtue signaling by Southgate if what Grealish says is true. You always go with the guys who, in that moment, feel it and want it.