Was Danny Simpson drunk, or is the Leicester City full-back just simply deluded? The English defender has taken to Twitter, to ‘cryptically’ project a message of disappointment and shock that he’s not been included in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
We’re pretty confident the Leicester man was talking about his omission from the England squad. But, then again, as the message was posted at 2:53am, it could have been referring to a failed attempt at taking home a lovely lady. Might make more sense? Sometimes, you just can’t do anymore, and do end up ‘lol’ing’ with your mate over a greasy kebab.
Whether Simpson was referring to the England squad or not, we can’t help and agree with Gareth Southgate’s decision to mirror both Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson‘s in keeping the 29-year-old out the squad.
There’s no doubt that the ex-Man United man is a good player, and some people will probably rush straight to the defender’s defence; ‘he should be picked over Glen-u-turn-Johnson, he had such a good season last year’. Yeah, fair; the lad did have a better season than Johnson.
But, the truth is, Simpson is way down the pecking order behind Kyle Walker and Nathaniel Clyne. Simpson is simply a budget version of Walker; does everything similar to the Tottenham man, but just not as good. And with Clyne being injured for the upcoming qualifiers, this is the only reason for a half a discussion regarding Simpson’s inclusion.
To be honest, Michail Antonio has been called up again, this time by Southgate, and even though the West Ham man is a winger by trade, the Hammer has played right-back before, and with his set-piece threat, he’d be more affective coming from the bench than Simpson.
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And when considering both Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson’s youth, the right-backs should be taken more seriously for an England spot than the Leicester right-back, as developing their raw talents would be a real plus for the Three Lions.
Sadly for Simpson, the guy is just not good enough, and because he’s way off holding a starting position – other factors have to be taken into account. Such as, Clyne being injured, such as, Johnson’s dressing room presence (even though he’s now pulled out), such as, Antonio’s danger from set-pieces, and such as the mentioned players youthful advantage.
At 29, Simpson should wave goodbye to his England career, and instead focus on helping Leicester win the Champions League and avoid relegation.