Were the goals his fault? Tom Heaton well and truly divides opinion in goal for England
It was a busy half for the Burnley goalkeeper in Paris.
Tom Heaton was handed his first England start against in the international friendly in Paris.
The 31-year-old Burnley goalkeeper was only handed 45 minutes against the French, but it was certainly eventful for him.
The first half finished 2-1 after goals from Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe gave France the lead in spite of Harry Kane’s poachers finish for England.
Both of the goals Heaton conceded were followed up on the rebound after good saves from the keeper – which left people feeling rather divided.
Some thought it was the men in front of Heaton who were at fault.
Can't call Heaton on Timmy Chocolate Wrists, centre half should have done better.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) June 13, 2017
Meanwhile some, inevitably, blamed him.
Is anyone going to criticise Heaton for palming that straight to Umtiti or is that against narrative?— Mark Booth (@markbooth_nycfc) June 13, 2017
If Heaton would like to stop palming the ball straight to their players that'd be great.. 👍🏻 Joe Hart would be getting slaughtered by every1— Sam Watts (@Watts18Sam) June 13, 2017
But of course, others just blamed them all.
Awful defending and bad goalkeeping, Heaton should be able to push that out wider not back into danger!— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) June 13, 2017
At least they’re being even-handed…