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‘Southgate really is clueless’ – Fans baffled as Defoe beats Newcastle ace into England squad

Whenever the England squad is released there are sets of supporters annoyed and it’s no different today in the Transfer Tavern.

Considering fewer and fewer people claim that they truly care about the Three Lions, plenty have something to say when the team is made official and with Gareth Southgate not the most popular boss the country has ever had, this selection was always going to get scrutinised.

There’s the usual mix of regular England men in there along with a few left-field inclusions, but Jermain Defoe seems to be one that isn’t overly popular among Newcastle supporters over in their booth here in the Tavern.

The veteran forward has been decent for the Black Cats this term, but plenty decked out in black and white believe their man, Dwight Gayle, would have been a better option. With 21 goals in 27 Championship appearances there is an argument to be made that he’s a more potent forward, but the second-tier nature of his football with the Tynesiders this term is an unavoidable caveat, even if a few Geordies refuse to admit it.

The debate isn’t just limited to the Tavern, though, with fans on Twitter also reacting a bit angrily to Defoe over Gayle…

Some fans were also annoyed by Jamie Vardy getting in ahead of Gayle, while others have pointed at Defoe’s age showing a lack of forward planning…

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