Lee Dixon criticises Everton defender Ben Godfrey during England game
Lee Dixon criticised Everton defender Ben Godfrey for his defending during England’s international friendly with Romania on Sunday night.
Godfrey, 23, made his first senior international start for his country as a right-back in a 1-0 win for the Three Lions as they completed their warm-up fixtures before EURO 2020.
Despite helping his side to a clean sheet during his 90-plus minutes on the pitch at the Riverside Stadium, ITV pundit Lee Dixon was critical of the 2020 signing from Norwich City after one incident.
It involved a Romania attack down their left-hand side of the pitch, leading to a shot that went unpunished.
Ex-Arsenal defensive stalwart Dixon was less than impressed. He said: “Godfrey is looking up at [Jadon] Sancho and asking ‘Where were you?’
“Two versus one, Godfrey’s got to go with the runner there, as soon as you go towards the ball there’s a runner outside, you’re going to get taken out of the game.
“It was a good chance for Romania.”
Perhaps it wasn’t the finest bit of defending from Godfrey but he enjoyed a pretty flawless performance aside from that.
Besides, as Dixon alluded to, Godfrey was left alone with Sancho failing to track back and undertake his defensive responsibilities properly.
Godfrey did all that he could to impress England manager Gareth Southgate that he should be the man to take the final spot in the squad for the European Championships, after Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out with an injury last week.
However, the Blues defender narrowly missed out with Brighton defender Ben White receiving the call-up on Monday morning instead.
It’s a shame Godfrey wasn’t given the chance to impress in his more natural role at centre back, and we think he deserved to go over White given his displays this season, but it’s not to be.
Regardless, he’s sure to come out fighting and it’s only a matter of time before he is a mainstay in that England XI.