England boss Southgate involved in Foden war after drab USA draw

England fans at Boxpark watch 0-0 draw with USA

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While England’s 0-0 draw with USA on Friday night wasn’t a classic, a draw isn’t the end of the world. The Three Lions weren’t at their best as they were held to a point by Gregg Berhalter’s side, with fans booing them off the pitch in the aftermath. And Gareth Southgate is now set for a war with supporters after refusing to bring on Phil Foden…

England had gone into their match with USA with many expecting them to claim all three points, especially in the aftermath of their 6-2 victory over Iran earlier in the week.

But that didn’t happen, with the Three Lions devoid of imagination and creativity as they settled for a point at the Al Bayt Stadium.

It isn’t the worst result for England. They’re primed to finish top of their group, especially with Wales up next. The Dragons are all but out already, having lost 2-0 to Iran earlier in the day.

Yet fans aren’t happy. Especially with his decision to leave Foden on the bench.

The Manchester City youngster is a superstar in the making and has been in inspired form for his club this season, scoring seven goals and registering three assists from 14 Premier League matches.

But, at international level, he doesn’t appear to be at the forefront of his manager’s plans – despite his obvious, and immense, talent.

Southgate was asked about Foden immediately after the game and offered an explanation by saying: “We thought it was the right thing to keep the team from the start then the wide players we went with Jack (Grealish) and Marcus (Rashford) ahead of Phil (Foden) for the changes.

“Jack can keep the ball well for us and get us up the pitch, Marcus’ speed we thought would also be a threat going into the last part of the game.”

And, in his press conference, Southgate made it clear he rates Foden – but also doubled down on why Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford came on instead.

Fans, however, have made their feelings clear.

There was huge outrage after the match, with many supporters taking to social media to vent their frustrations at England’s failure to take all three points.

They want Foden and it’s understandable, especially with two players particularly poor.

Though Raheem Sterling netted against Iran, the Chelsea star has looked a shadow of his usual self ever since leaving Manchester City for Stamford Bridge back in the summer.

And Mason Mount has also regressed, with the midfielder failing to score or assist from his last 10 outings across all competitions.

It was a disappointing night for England and if they produce a similar performance against Wales on Tuesday, the calls for Foden to start will only grow in volume.

Harry Kane also spoke after the game, meanwhile, and said: “It wasn’t the best performance for sure.

“Good spells with the ball, but we didn’t quite have the final product. Clean sheet puts us in a great position in the group.”

And, when asked about what went wrong, he added: “Being clinical, complete contrast to Iran.

“We had two or three opportunities and didn’t put it away. We were playing a tough team and we move on.

“They pressed well, they made it difficult. At times we dealt with it well, we respect them. A draw isn’t bad for us. We look forward to the next one.

“We know we can play better than that, a draw in a World Cup isn’t bad, no game is easy.

“After our first performance people think we’ll landslide everything but it’s not the case. We played a good side but it’s not what we came here for.”

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