The best jokes as Gareth Southgate gives Glen Johnson England call-up

Inclusion of veteran defender by caretaker manager astounds fans.

Gareth Southgate named veteran defender Glen Johnson in his first England squad
Glen Johnson hasn’t played for England since Balotelli was good (Image: Football.ua)

These were all the best jokes from astounded fans after caretaker manager Gareth Southgate named veteran defender Glen Johnson in his first England squad.

The Stoke City player is favoured over younger alternatives despite only recent having returned from a lengthy injury that saw him sidelined for seven months.

Included in the 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, here are the best jokes as Gareth Southgate gives Glen Johnson an England call-up:

@England @GarethSouthgate @FIFAWorldCup glen johnson, Wayne Rooney and Jordan Henderson? Hope we get relegated

— callum (@callum_jonesrj) October 2, 2016

Surprised by Glen Johnson's return to the England squad. Suppose Stoke's defence has been impressive this season… https://t.co/3ioHJor9Sf

— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) October 2, 2016

I can't believe the Telegraph didn't investigate the England manager picking Glen Johnson, that's a proper serious crime right there.

— Benjamin Wills (@_BenWills) October 2, 2016

Gareth Southgate picking Glen Johnson is more of a sackable offence than what Big Sam did.

— Stout (@Stout_SAFC) October 2, 2016

Just when you thought Barcelona losing 3-0 would be the biggest shock of the weekend, Glen Johnson gets called up to the England squad… pic.twitter.com/qm2O9uYiGw

— BigSport (@BigSportGB) October 2, 2016

Glen Johnson is in the England squad. In 2016. 2 thousand and 16. Two thousand and sixteen. T w o t h o u s a n d a n d s i x t e e n

— Ben (@CriminalCosta) October 2, 2016

32 year old Glen Johnson only returned to Stoke's first team a fortnight ago after 7 months out with injury. Must have done enough.

— Simon Gleave (@SimonGleave) October 2, 2016

Glen Johnson getting a call up gives hope to us all.

— Coral (@Coral) October 2, 2016

BREAKING: Telegraph set to launch a new undercover sting on Gareth Southgate to find out why he included Glen Johnson in his squad.

— From The Stands (@FromTStands) October 2, 2016

The worst thing about the England squad isn't that Glen Johnson makes it. It's that Alex Hunter has been left out. WTF Southgate

— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) October 2, 2016

15 minutes on and I'm still convinced there must be another Glen Johnson who's eligible for England

— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) October 2, 2016

Jermaine Defoe when he notices Jesse Lingard and Glen Johnson have been called up but he still hasn't… pic.twitter.com/uu07Ub1QBn

— From The Stands (@FromTStands) October 2, 2016

The Telegraph have released a video of Glen Johnson offering Gareth Southgate 400k. #England

— Villa Views (@ViewsVilla) October 2, 2016

@stokecity @England @GarethSouthgate @FIFAWorldCup one of the worse football decisions off all time

— James Laver (@jlaver1) October 2, 2016

Glen Johnson is Back in the English Squad

Rt – 'The Goat'
Like – Glen Johnson. pic.twitter.com/aRGNswbosL

— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) October 2, 2016

Glen Johnson in the England squad. We don't need to appoint a new boss. Just retire the national side for a decade and review it again then.

— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) October 2, 2016

You idiots, Glen Johnson has to be included because Marcus Rashford is still in his pocket and it's the only way he can get called up.

— David Cowlishaw (@davidcowlishaw) October 2, 2016

when you call up glen johnson https://t.co/NuWMM4kzfA

— adam (@FutboIAdam) October 2, 2016

Glen Johnson in the England squad ,someone called honey g is thru on X factor , this country is embarrassing at times

— Jack Tweed. (@JackTweed_) October 2, 2016