You do have to take your hat off to the way Gareth Southgate has managed England. The former Middlesbrough player has really come to the fore when it comes to gelling a group of players together and creating a team spirit, which led his team to a semi-final appearance at the World Cup last summer.
But Southgate's latest admission may just leave you wondering if England have really lost the plot with their whole 'great team spirit' vibe.
Southgate alluded to the team's togetherness in his latest press conference, amazingly telling journalists that the team are so close that a when the team were relaxing a photo of the injured Danny Welbeck was placed beside the TV.
Southgate on #eng squad's togetherness: "Last night they were watching the TV with a photo of Danny Welbeck by the side of it.... that’s the bond that this group have."
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) November 14, 2018
Jesus Christ Almighty. You'd swear he was dead. Granted the ankle injury he sustained against Sporting looked serious, but is it photo beside a TV serious? I doubt it.
Online, people were quick to point out how strange the decision was:
So very nearly partridge
— Sinco (@sincs1980) November 14, 2018
RIP Welbeck. I thought he’d just hurt his foot.
— ... (@peterbarnes_) November 14, 2018
— Liam Dennis (@Liam_Dennis) November 14, 2018
— ken (@superleeds011) November 14, 2018
Nice gesture but he’s only hurt his foot - not died
— Jack Marsden (@Jackomarsden) November 14, 2018
That’s just weird.
— Bruce Mallan (@BruceMallan) November 14, 2018
That’s not togetherness. It’s just odd
— Ben W (@treble99united) November 14, 2018
They not have FaceTime like?
— Stevie Carnie (@StevieCarnie) November 14, 2018