Gareth Southgate explains why Phil Foden didn’t come on for England vs USA
England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that he felt the qualities of Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish were better suited than Phil Foden’s to change England’s fortunes against the USA.
After a superb start against Iran earlier in the week, England’s World Cup hopes were brought down a peg or two during a dismal 0-0 draw against the USA on Friday night. England lacked a creative spark going forward, and were put under large swathes of pressure by Gregg Berhalter’s side.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag would have been mightily impressed with his club captain, as Harry Maguire was dominant in the air. The out of favour centre-back was arguably England’s best player on the night, as he played a vital role in preventing what could have been a potentially very embarrassing result.
As the game went on, the absence of Fodenbecame more and more alarming, with many calling for the introduction of the City star to help unlock a stubborn USA defence. After the full-time whistle, Southgate explained what his side was missing, as he revealed why both Grealish and Rashford were favoured over Pep Guardiola’s man.
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