Garth Crooks has criticised England boss Gareth Southgate for not adding a black coach to his backroom team for the World Cup, suggesting QPR’s Chris Ramsey would have been a good choice.
Amid fears there could be racist abuse aimed at players during the tournament in Russia, Southgate has faced calls to ensure he has enough support available for England’s black players.
Former Tottenham striker Crooks, now a PFA trustee and television pundit, believes QPR technical director Ramsey or Southend manager Chris Powell would have been potential choices for a role as part of Southgate’s coaching team.
Crooks told the Daily Mirror: “This is a monumental error of judgement from the England manager. He has no idea what he could be subjecting his black players to.
“If Gareth Southgate does not take a Chris Powell or a Chris Ramsey to Russia and our black players are subjected to racial abuse then it is a dereliction of his duty. They need support.”