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Gareth Southgate clarifies why Phil Foden didn’t come on for England vs USA

Gareth Southgate clarifies why Phil Foden didn’t come on for England vs USA

Gareth Southgate, the manager of England, stated that Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish were better equipped than Phil Foden to reverse England’s fortunes against the United States.

After a brilliant start against Iran earlier in the week, England’s World Cup prospects were diminished by a dreadful 0-0 draw against the United States on Friday.

Gregg Berhalter’s team exerted a substantial amount of pressure on the England side, which lacked a creative spark.

Harry Maguire dominated in the air, so Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag will have been quite impressed. The out-of-favour central defender was perhaps England’s finest player on the night, as he was instrumental in saving a potentially humiliating outcome.

As the game progressed, the absence of Foden grew increasingly concerning, with many demanding for the City star’s entrance to help break through a tenacious United States defense. After the final whistle, Southgate addressed what his team was missing and why Grealish and Rashford were preferred to Pep Guardiola’s player.

He told ITV: “We didn’t have that same zip [as against Iran]. That’s going to happen, it’s tournament football, we’re not just going to roll through and sweep through everyone where you have nights like that where you need to show different qualities to get a result

“We thought it was the right thing to do, to keep the team from the start, and then the wide players we went with Jack [Grealish] and Marcus [Rashford] ahead of Phil [Foden] on the changes. We thought, Jack would keep the ball well for us and get us up the pitch and Marcus’ speed, we thought would also be a threat coming into that last part of the game.”

Southgate later stated in a news conference that Foden was not substituted into a more central position because he is not accustomed to playing centrally for Manchester City.

Gareth Southgate clarifies why Phil Foden didn’t come on for England vs USA

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