Newcastle fans react to Jamaal Lascelles omission

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Chelsea narrowly defeated Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup Final, thanks to Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty.

United centre-half Phil Jones conceded the spot-kick, felling the Belgian in the box and drawing the ire of Twitter in the process.

Newcastle United supporters were baffled at Jones’ poor cup final performance and criticised England manager Gareth Southgate for selecting the 26-year-old defender ahead of Jamaal Lascelles in the World Cup squad.

Against Chelsea, Jones made headlines for his high-profile mistake 20 minutes into the match.

The defender was caught flat-footed just inside his own half when Cesc Fabregas played a lofted ball in the direction of Eden Hazard.

The Belgian’s first touch was excellent and left Jones for dead, putting the Englishman on the wrong side of the ball.

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Hazard then cut back across Jones, before the defender lunged into an ill-timed challenge that got nowhere near the ball.

In a cup final of such importance, mistakes such as Jones’ can prove immensely costly. And as United lost the match by the solitary goal, the centre-back’s error was devastating.

And the Manchester United defender’s poor showing incensed English supporters, who were furious at his inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man team.

In particular, Newcastle United fans felt aggrieved that Jones was selected in front of their captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Lascelles has been superb all season for the Magpies, marshaling the Newcastle defence while leading the club to an impressive tenth-placed finish.

Unlike Jones, who has been an inconsistent feature in United’s side, Lascelles featured in 33 Premier League matches this season – ten more than the United defender.

The Newcastle United faithful expressed their discontent at the England manager’s defensive team selections, arguing Lascelles would have proved a far more effective option in Russia.

Jamaal Lascelles is not going to the World Cup.

— FUN88 (@fun88eng) May 19, 2018

Phil Jones is an England international and Jamaal Lascelles isn't. Crime of the century

— Alex Johnson (@soulie94) May 19, 2018

Can't believe Phil Jones is going to Russia and Jamaal Lascelles isn't

— Jöe (@ShelveyIsBald) May 19, 2018

This is the defender that has fumbled over Hazard that Gareth Southgate has chosen to take to the World Cup over Jamaal Lascelles. It’s a myth #NUFC#England

— hasanh (@hasarnn10) May 19, 2018

According to former defender Gareth Southgate, phil Jones is a better defender than Jamaal lascelles! ??

— Alan Knights (@AlanKnights10) May 19, 2018

Imagine thinking Phil Jones is better than Jamaal Lascelles

— Lewis (@lewyakers) May 19, 2018

And as one intrepid Twitter user noted, when Newcastle United played host to Chelsea just one week ago, Lascelles kept Hazard in check and held the Blues scoreless. Jones, on the other hand, capitulated in the face of the Belgian’s skills.

Jamaal Lascelles against Hazard- keeps clean sheet
Phil Jones against Hazard- concedes after 20 mins, yellow card and gives away pen.. #EnglandSquad#FACupFinal

— Michael Ewart (@realrudenot2) May 19, 2018

England face Belgium on 28 June in their final group stage match; Newcastle and Three Lions fans alike will be praying Phil Jones does not feature.

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