Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail (12/10; page 125) that Gareth Southgate should consider dropping Everton’s Michael Keane for Liverpool defender Joe Gomez for England’s next game.
The Three Lions suffered their first defeat in qualifying since 2009 on Friday. England led 1-0 against Czech Republic, but conceded twice.
Keown suggested that Keane needs to take some of the blame for both of the goals that Southgate’s men conceded. And he appeared to hint that he would pick the Reds man ahead of the Toffees ace for Monday’s trip to Bulgaria.
“Gareth Southgate will have learned a lot about his team on a very disappointing night,” he told the Daily Mail. “When he reflects, he may want a new centre-back partnership.
“It was a difficult night for Michael Keane, who was at fault for both goals and he’s now got Joe Gomez in the background.”
Keane’s confidence appears to have taken a significant blow. He looked to be back to his best at Everton last season, and started this campaign in good form.
However, Marco Silva’s men have struggled recently. And Keane has come in for criticism.
Picking Gomez however, does not come without a risk. He has only made one appearance in the Premier League this season, and, through little fault of his own, has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.
But if Southgate decides that Keane needs to be taken out of the firing line, Gomez is a fantastic option to bring in as England look to bounce back from an extremely disappointing night.