Gareth Southgate issues warning to Phil Foden ahead of Wales’ match.

  • Gareth Southgate sends Phil Foden a warning ahead of the Wales clash.

Gareth Southgate issues warning to Phil Foden ahead of Wales' match.
Gareth Southgate issues warning to Phil Foden ahead of Wales’ match.

The numerous requests for Phil Foden to play have Gareth Southgate concerned that they will put too much on the 22-year-old.

In England’ 6-2 triumph over Iran in their opener, Foden came off the bench. However, he made no appearances in the 0-0 draw with the United States.

Many criticized Southgate for that, believing the Manchester City star could have been the one to break the tie and inject some creativity into what was otherwise a lifeless performance going forward.

Since then, there have been increasing calls for Foden to start against Wales, which worries Southgate.


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“We have to be careful because we are putting a lot of on him now,” he said.

“We’re a team and we need all of the players and they can all play a part but not any one of them is the reason we will win or lose.

“We need to make sure we are not building Phil into a situation actually if he steps on the pitch this is really difficult for him because the level of expectation is beyond a young guy who is still establishing himself internationally, in a different environment from his club you’re comfortable with all the players you play with, it’ really distinctive, you’re going every night, you’re calm with everything else.

“This is still a unique environment. He is still a really young player and he’ doing brilliantly well and we love him to bits. We also have got to look after him a bit as well.”

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