As Gareth Southgate confronts a selection problem, Phil Foden is compared to Paul Gascoigne.
Gareth Southgate has a selection issue ahead of England’s remaining 2022 World Cup qualifiers after Phil Foden’s outstanding performance against Andorra.
Following his outstanding performance in England’s World Cup qualification win against Andorra, Phil Foden has been compared to Paul Gascoigne. However, as the Three Lions prepare for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Manchester City star has presented Gareth Southgate with a selection conundrum.
Foden was the star of England’s triumph over Andorra, picking out teammates with superb passes and setting up Bukayo Saka’s game-winning goal.
The 21-year-old was used in a deeper midfield role than he usually plays for City, after excelling on the left wing in the previous weekend’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
Chris Sutton compared Foden’s man-of-the-match performance against Andorra to ‘Gazza,’ who, at Foden’s age, was two years away from storming the Italia ’90 World Cup.
Sutton also suggested that Southgate play Foden in a central role, which might cause problems for the England boss ahead of next year’s tournament in the Middle East.
In his Daily Mail column, the former Norwich, Chelsea, and Celtic striker wrote, “I remember watching a youth-team guy named Paul Gascoigne at Carrow Road.”
“The game was a shambles, but he was three seconds ahead of the pack.
He made it appear as if he was having fun in his backyard. Everything was done on his terms.
“When Foden bleached his hair blond in the summer, he encouraged all comparisons to Gazza, and he isn’t that unlike in football terms.”
But, according to Sutton, Foden must play more central midfield before he can properly be termed “the Stockport Gazza.”
“Where he can operate as principal string-puller is in the center of the park, and that’s where Foden has indicated he enjoys playing the best,” he remarked.
“Foden may be able to make a case for a starting spot in central midfield in the future. That’s an experiment I’d be interested in seeing.” Southgate’s favoured configuration, a 4-2-3-1, may have to be tweaked to accommodate this.
At Euro 2020, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips were his holding midfielders, with both players starting every game in the tournament finals.
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