England: Southgate understands fan reaction after Scotland draw
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Wayne Rooney has questioned the influence of Phil Foden in the England team and believes Gareth Southgate could benefit from making changes to his Three Lions attack after the disappointing Scotland draw.
Foden was one of England’s brightest sparks as they were held to an uninspiring stalemate by the resolute Scots at Wembley.
The Manchester City star failed to find a decisive breakthrough despite some promising runs, and was substituted for Jack Grealish on the hour mark.
Foden’s substitution frustrated some but England’s all-time record goalscorer Rooney believes the style the 21-year-old plays with at City is clashing with the national team.
Jadon Sancho is yet to play a minute at Euro 2020 but Rooney thinks the Borussia Dortmund winger may be better suited to Southgate’s set-up.
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Rooney wrote in his column for The Times: “City play in the final third. They keep possession there.
“And Foden is not a dribbler but a player who plays nice little passes and moves into good positions
“At City, the movement of players around him enables it.
“City will play quick five-yard passes before a little movement — not a big one — will free Foden up and he has licence to go into the spaces and play as a No 9, at times, or No 10 at others.
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“Whereas with England he is a bit isolated out wide and when he receives the ball, the possession is slow and there is little happening around him.
“That means he then has to dribble — and if you are playing in such a way that, from your wide players, dribbling is what is required then why not play Grealish and Jadon Sancho, two of the best at doing it.
“I love Foden as a footballer but you have to realise that, for four years and more, he has been moulded into a City player.
“Pep Guardiola did not let him go on loan, or experience a different style of football — his whole adult career has been spent playing the Guardiola/City way.
“It is hard for him to turn up and just change how he has been playing since the age of 16.”
The Three Lions take on Czech Republic in their final group stage game and will top the group with victory at Wembley.
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