Some Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters have been reacting to comments made by Rio Ferdinand that suggested Conor Coady was perhaps a little fortunate to get called up for England.
Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania, and Poland.
Coady was selected, and there were also call-ups for Eric Dier, John Stones, Tyrone Mings and Harry Maguire.
The decision has not sat totally right with ex-Three Lions central defender Ferdinand.
He said yesterday on BT Sport (via Daily Mail): “I was a bit baffled with the selection of defenders.
“You look at Dier, he’s not a regular at his team, you think how has he actually snuck in there? Coady hasn’t had the best of seasons.
“Godfrey has come in, hit the ground running, and he’s been immense, played in multiple positions at the back. A young player, you think going to a tournament to get experience – I did that, the experience I got was phenomenal.”
Godfrey has certainly caught the eye for the Toffees this season and can perhaps count himself a little unfortunate, as can his teammate Michael Keane.
On social media, some Wolves fans actually found themselves agreeing with Ferdinand’s suggestion.
Coady arguably hasn’t quite reached the same level this term as he did in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 campaigns, and some fans concede the 28-year-old might have been slightly fortuitous:
— Adam🐺 (@adamwwfc03) March 20, 2021
Considering our own fans want him to be replaced in the summer (excluding myself) it’s hard to argue with Rio’s point
— rob hogarth (@rob_hogarth) March 20, 2021
It’s true tbf
— Gaz Roberts (@gaz1980roberts) March 20, 2021
Maybe because he’s actually correct. I love Coady but he’s not been great in his best position let alone in a 4.
— David Slann (@Slanny8) March 20, 2021
I suspect as much as anything, Coady might be in the squad for his influence in the dressing room and on the training ground more than for him to actually play.
— Matthew Ashmore (@Matthew_Ashmore) March 20, 2021
Surprised when I saw Coady and Dier too tbf https://t.co/Q3XU6gkOzD
— Casey Burns (@Kcb92) March 20, 2021
I agree Coads hasn’t been good for a while now I think he’s there on the basis that Southgate as made him a mentor to the other players. https://t.co/kE0Y6y0v9T
— Shell (@shellwwfcsankey) March 20, 2021
Hard to argue with this tbf https://t.co/SxJAANDk5h
— Jay (@Wolvesjay90) March 20, 2021
Bang on https://t.co/npQEtr3G6p
— Ad (@Sidaway_) March 20, 2021