West Ham United full-back Aaron Cresswell won only the third England cap of his career as the Three Lions beat minnows Lithuania 1-0 to round off their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign.
Fans of his club took to Twitter to give their views on his inclusion and whilst most of the feedback was positive, there were some left wondering how a player who has arguably underperformed this term still made it into the international setup.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) October 9, 2017
It was yet another dismal display from England, who struggled to create clear openings against a team who have picked up just six points in Group F.
As is becoming customary, Harry Kane sealed the three points with a first-half penalty after Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Dele Alli had been brought down in the area.
Elsewhere there were half-chances for the likes of Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and debutant Harry Winks, but little to suggest that this side will be a force in Russia next summer.
As for Cresswell, he was rarely troubled defensively but whipped in some dangerous crosses in what was overall a solid if unspectacular performance.
The West Ham star went close to opening his account for his country in the second period when he met Jordan Henderson’s floated cross with a header that was well turned away by Ernestas Setkus in the Lithuania goal.
Whether Cresswell can secure a place in the squad for the World Cup is doubtful; Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is the current occupant of the left-back spot, whilst Spurs star Danny Rose and Luke Shaw of Manchester United are still to return from injury.
Nonetheless, Hammers supporters were generally happy to see their man in an England shirt and felt that he did as well as anyone on a difficult evening in Vilnius.
The best of the reaction from the Irons faithful can be found below:
Cresswell joins the long list of players to play well for everyone apart from West Ham
— Michail (@_antxnio_) October 8, 2017
Happy to see Cresswell make his debut yesterday. Looks far more confident than when he plays under Bilic
— ΔИDY (@FutbolMarko) October 9, 2017
— West Ham United. (@TheHammersView) October 8, 2017
— Susan Clark (@claretbluesue) October 9, 2017
— Baz Cox ⚒ (@Baz1980WHU) October 9, 2017
Aaron cresswell getting unfair abuse for what? Clean sheets for West Ham and England?
— Steveh’⚒🏴 (@Steveh245) October 9, 2017
I thought @Aaron_Cresswell played well yesterday. Put some dangerous deliveries into the box. Def worth another shout 👍
— mark sullivan (@bigsul72) October 9, 2017
Cresswell was v.good today vs Lithuania, both offensively & defensively
He's helped keep 4 cleansheets in his last 5 games in all comps 😀
— MR ⚒ (@WHU_MR2013) October 8, 2017
— Tony Adams (@tadams1967) October 8, 2017
— Lucien (@LucienGreen) October 8, 2017
— Banksy (@JohnPtolomey) October 8, 2017
Cresswell has actually had a decent game. #COYI
— J.Steel.WHU (@BecontreeHammer) October 8, 2017