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Southgate Explains Foden Situation

England manager Gareth Southgate has suggested their 0-0 draw against the United States of America, was not the right game for Phil Foden.

The Manchester City superstar is widely considered one of the finest talents in English football at present but has not been a regular in the Three Lions.

He featured 19 minutes in the 6-2 opening win over Iran but failed to make it off the bench in the goalless draw on Friday evening which drew widespread criticism against Southgate.

“Well we thought it was the right thing to keep the team from the start and then the wide players, we went with Jack and Marcus ahead of Phil on the changes,” he told ITV.

“We thought Jack would keep the ball for us and take us up the pitch and we thought Marcus’s speed, we thought, would also be a threat going into that last part of the game.

“I think a little bit of zip [has been missing]. We didn’t quite have that same zip but that’s going to happen, this is tournament football.”

Foden has scored two goals and registered six assists in 19 games since making his senior debut in 2020.

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