Gareth Southgate to Resist Temptation to Play Phil Foden in Central Midfield for England
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that he will resist the temptation to play Phil Foden in central midfield for the national team. Southgate recently had discussions with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola about Foden’s best position.
Foden, who has been in impressive form for Manchester City this season, has primarily played as an attacking midfielder or winger. However, there have been suggestions that he could be deployed in a deeper role for England.
Southgate, however, believes that Foden’s best position is further forward, where he can use his creativity and goal-scoring ability to maximum effect. The England boss is keen to ensure that Foden continues to develop in the role that has brought him success at club level.
Speaking about his discussions with Guardiola, Southgate said, “Pep and I have had a good chat about Phil’s development and we both agree that his best position at the moment is further forward. He has been fantastic for Manchester City in that role, and we want to see him continue to flourish in that position for England.”
Foden has been a key player for Manchester City this season, contributing with goals and assists in their pursuit of domestic and European success. His performances have earned him a call-up to the England squad, and he will be hoping to make an impact in the upcoming international fixtures.
Southgate’s decision to resist the temptation to play Foden in central midfield shows his commitment to maximizing the player’s potential. By allowing Foden to continue in his preferred position, Southgate is giving him the best chance to showcase his abilities on the international stage.
It remains to be seen how Foden will be utilized by Southgate in the upcoming matches, but it is clear that the England manager has faith in the young midfielder’s ability to make a difference in the final third.
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