England vs USA: Gareth Southgate has explained why he did not bring Phil Foden on during the England vs USA match in a Group B fixture at the FIFA World Cup 2022.
England had kicked off their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign by romping to a comprehensive win over Iran. The Three Lions trounced Iran, securing a 6-2 win over the Asian nation.
However, Gareth Southgate’s men could not do the same in the England vs USA match. The Three Lions shared points after playing out a goalless draw in the England vs USA match.
It was a rather disappointing performance from England, but they remain top of Group B, with four points from two matches.
England vs USA: Why Gareth Southgate Snubbed Phil Foden in FIFA World Cup Match
Speaking after the match, Gareth Southgate was quizzed about why he did not bring Phil Foden on in the second half of the England vs USA match.
Gareth Southgate had opted for the same starting XI that started in their win over Iran. That meant Phil Foden started the game on the bench.
However, as the England vs USA FIFA World Cup match wore on and the game remained goalless, Gareth Southgate was expected to sub on Phil Foden. Gareth Southgate did make three substitutions in the second half but Phil Foden was not among them.
Gareth Southgate brought Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, and Jordan Henderson on in the second half while Phil Foden remained an unused substitute.
When asked about his decision to not bring Phil Foden on, Gareth Southgate said: “We wanted to keep the same team from the start.
“With the wide players, we went with Jack [Grealish] and Marcus [Rashford] instead of Phil [Foden] on the changes as we felt Jack would keep the ball well for us and get us up the pitch and Marcus’ speed would be a threat coming into the last part of the game.”
Meanwhile, Iran secured a 2-0 win over Wales in a Group B fixture at the FIFA World Cup 2022. The victory took Iran to second place in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B.
Gareth Southgate’s men, meanwhile, will conclude their FIFA World Cup 2022 group campaign by taking on Wales. England will be aiming to progress to the next stage of the competition and finish the group campaign on a high.