Just how it read, and as chief spokesperson of the CR7 appreciation society I would never have heard the end of it if I hadn't commented.
Lack of options!? Players like Guehi, Tomori and one or two other young bucks are kicking the door down to get in the squad, it's just the Manager(who knows a thing or two about playing CB)went for experience, and rightly so, as when it comes on top in World Cup knock-out matches that's what you need, the same for Everton in their current situation.
I don't know how you find the time to watch any United matches when you are so busy watching all of Everton and Tottenham's matches ....
First season in an ever changing struggling team is it really a surprise?
You named two guys with a few caps between them and in the case of Tomori he suffered a dip in form at exactly the wrong time, Dan Burn and Ben White were also in the mix but both ended up playing full back this season. It's an area where I do think Southgate has got to start rebuilding but I suspect with the euros only 18 months away he'll stick with Stones/Maguire/Walker/Shaw through 1 more tournament.
Don't think it was ever revealed why White left the world cup squad that may be a black mark on his name for a while, Southgate likes a settled camp. He seems reluctant to bring dickheads in who may disrupt the harmony I think thats why he went with Dier and Coady because he knows he can trust them in that group as he's had them in tournaments before.
You'd hope that players like Tomori and Guehi will start making the squad though and putting the established names under pressure.
If I'm at home in the evenings or weekends I'll normally find a game to watch maybe not the full 90 minutes but I'll watch bits of it and catch highlights of most games on match of the day every week.
Coady I think was a good defender for Wolves he sat in a 3 and organised the two either side of him and just mopped up anything they missed. This season in a back 4 he is more exposed and I think we see the limitations in his game.