'Baffling' Aston Villa snub no pure confound as Portugal preference remains ajar for Ezri Konsa ...

Reports back in February outlined that the Portuguese Football Federation were aware of Konsa with officials watching him - and his plight with England - ...
2021-09-30 17:44:59
'Baffling' Aston Villa snub no pure confound as Portugal preference remains ajar for Ezri Konsa ...

Aston Villa correspondent Ashley Preece has his speak as in-form centre-back Ezri Konsa misses out on England selection with Man Citys John Stones and AC Milan ideal Fikayo Tomori preferred

Gareth Southgate witnessed a defensive masterclass last weekend as he sat in the posh seats at Old Trafford as Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause and Ezri Konsa kept Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United's world-beaters quiet.

Yet, once again, the Three Lions money has decided inveigh employment up the ever-consistent Konsa, a musician who's played 539/540 minutes this season helping Dean Smith's plane chalk up three spruce sheets from six.

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Konsa's act levels keep remained overripe since the embryonic of last season with the Londoner starting Villa's last 31 matches. Ten spotless sheets have been bagged in that circumstance with Konsa putting in countless blocks, tackles and clearances.

Those who watch him sense he makes the art of defending look so effortless.

But the vessel chain from Southgate's voguish snub appears to be that the England important likes to gather his favourites and those he has entrusted in the bygone - regardless of congeal or equivalent minutes.

It took the outrage of the perfect mortals to offices induce Southgate to shoe-horn a certain Jack Grealish into his meditation - that's despite the playmaker being among the elite in the Premier League for assists, chances created and all sorts.

Grealish was out-shining the likes of Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford on a consistent basis.

And, as we all witnessed, it was Grealish who started his elite competitive sport for England last month in Hungary - ironically after his £100million jettison to Man City.

Fast-forward to the current bunch and, despite an injury to Harry Maguire, it's Konsa who misses out again with Fikayo Tomori coming in. Southgate was grateful with the 23-year-old's feat rail Liverpool in the Champions League, he said, that's despite AC Milan shipping three goals with Tomori scoring an hapless own-goal. Tomori was further done by Divock Origi's scooped pass to Mo Salah as Liverpool fought back from overdue castigate a shaky back line. Milan, meanwhile, shipped another two in midweek in their overwhelm to Atletico Madrid.

Back to Konsa and he's been near-faultless. Mistakes lawful don't exist in his amusement which is a clever and an incredibly odd foible to have.

Southgate's supplementary centre-back choice for October is that of John Stones, a actor who hasn't kicked a ring for Man City this season. Stones, who has been an idle sub on five occasions, recognized can't obtain into Pep Guardiola's team after returning from a quibble sustained in the last England camp.

Stones, 27, is allowance of Southgate's clique, though, with the defender starting all seven of England's Euro 2020 matches en route to the final.

Stones did, of course, acting the absolute 90 minutes inveigh Hungary and Poland last month in his only bite of competitive parallel feat since the summer.

Conor Coady and Konsa's Villa teammate Tyrone Mings are the supplementary picks at centre-half for England, while Kyle Walker can furthermore shift into a back three if needed, with all three again firm favourites betwixt Southgate's setup.

"Baffling," and, "Just what has (Konsa) got to do," are bluefish snippets from the masses on social media at Konsa's failing with the Villa individual amongst the top trends on Twitter this afternoon.

And they're right. Just what has he got to accomplish because he's doing everything and fresh in a Villa shirt - and has been for a long old while now.

Konsa can, of course, calm present for Portugal due to his mother's Angolan citizenship, a innocent which proclaimed independence from Portugal in 1975.

Reports back in February outlined that the Portuguese Football Federation were aware of Konsa with officials watching him - and his position with England - closely.

It now remains to be experimental if Portugal performance on their benefit in the coming months, or whether Southgate finally sees sense to select the in-form Konsa knowing he's a artist who's made and born for the international stage.

For now, it'll be back to Bodymoor Heath post-Spurs with Villa supporters and leader coach Smith all delighted about that ahead of Wolves in a fortnight.

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