Stewart Downing demands to know why he didn’t go to the World Cup this summer
*strikes signature pose*
Anyone perusing the papers this morning may have noticed Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing, a player who would give his right arm to be justifiably described as even one-trick pony, launching an indignant ‘attack’ on England gaffer Fabio Capello after failing to make the 30 man provisional squad for this summer’s World Cup.
The former Middlesbrough midfielder bleated to The Sun:
“There were a few surprises in the 30 names picked. A lot of people who had not played were in the squad as were people out of form – but others were left out. He obviously he has his reasons why but the disappointing thing was I didn’t get told why I wasn’t in the squad.
“It was a little bit strange and I was very disappointed as I thought, maybe, I had a chance to get in the 30 at least. He obviously he has his reasons why but the disappointing thing was I didn’t get told why I wasn’t in the squad.
All sounds rather unjust, considering Capello once championed picking players on merit. Let’s remind ourselves of the blistering form that should’ve seen Downing stroll into the Three Lions provisional squad this summer…
Stewart Downing, 2009/10 league stats:
2 goals (both in a 5-2 home demolition of Burnley)