Phil Foden’s Performance Was Described By Gareth Southgate As “Fantastically Exciting”

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Gareth Southgate said it was “fabulously exciting” to witness Phil Foden excel in a deep role as England thrashed Andorra 5-0 to move one step closer to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Foden started in central midfield for England’s 4-3-3 system, and he shone in a new position, demonstrating his versatility. The 21-year-old, who has usually played as a winger for his country, showed off his passing range with a lovely assist for Bukayo Saka’s goal in the first half, and the way he dominated the game had Southgate salivating.

“Frankly he is one of those players who is effective anywhere across the front line if you play him 7, 11, 10, 8,” England’s manager said. “A traditional 4-3-3 midfield with a 6, 8, 10, if he was the 10 within that but with the capability to drop lower and build the play at times, as he did tonight, I think part of that is just as he gets stronger as well and part of that is the balance of the type of player who might play as the 8 with those qualities.

“But it’s fabulously exciting, isn’t it, when you’re trying to break down a defence, as we have tonight, and you have a player who sees the passes that he sees and hits them and executes them in the way he did. Towards the end of the game there were some lovely combinations between Foden, Mount, Grealish, Saka. The type of play our players are capable of producing is really exciting.”

source : Guardian sport

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