Jordan Campbell baffled by English silence on Rangers star Connor Goldson
The Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell has been left baffled by the continual snubbing of Rangers star Connor Goldson for the England international side.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate named his provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday, with the Gers’ English legion all missing out on the long list.
Writing on The Athletic website, Rangers reporter Campbell pointed an accusing finger at those south of the border for failing to mention Goldson as one of the defenders who should have been in the reckoning for a call-up.
He said: “Why is it that he seems to be so far off the radar? Particularly when centre-back is the most uncertain department for England as, Harry Maguire and John Stones aside, there is a lack of outstanding options?
“There is a perceived lack of depth yet an abundance of choice and that strange dichotomy is due to there being more than 15 players of similar ability who could make a case that they are worthy of a call-up.
“It is a competitive field but, given Goldson put in one of the most dominant individual defensive campaigns in Scottish football history and still did not have his name so much as mentioned in passing, it seems difficult to imagine him doing so while playing north of the border.”
Cambell added: “It is sad that he would probably become a realistic option for England if he returned to his homeland and played even half a good season.”
Looking too close to home
We know the Scottish Premiership is nowhere near the level of the English Premier League, there’s no credence to making that argument.
The amount of money in the English game makes it impossible for our league to maintain a similar standard – the smallest, most insignificant clubs there can rival our spending.
But there has to be some acknowledgement of players that are performing for big clubs in Europe.
Expectations do not get much bigger than at Rangers – we are some of the most demanding fans in Europe, given our prestige and history.
Players that come to our club have to be able to withhold the pressure that comes with it, we don’t deal with shirkers round here.
Goldson has proven himself as a solid, reliable performer who can compete against top-level talents in the Europa League.
He was an ever-present for Steven Gerrard’s side this season, a sensational achievement in our invincible league campaign, and he often deputised for James Tavernier as captain.
That leadership, alongside his brilliant defensive awareness and willingness to put his body on the line, led us to an incredible defensive record in the 2020/21 campaign, with just 13 goals conceded in 38 Premiership games.
There are a real lack of quality options for England in central defence, particularly in light of their injury situation, so the lack of coverage or even passing mention of Goldson is peculiar.
It just proves the bias that exists and how the majority of English football view the Premiership.
They’ll be the ones ruing their mistake as they inevitably crash out due to a glaring defensive mistake.
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