Why didn't Phil Foden play for England against USA?

Sean Walsh
Foden was an unused substitute
Foden was an unused substitute / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages
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England were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw with the United States in the World Cup group stage on Friday night, with fans confused as to why Phil Foden was only an unused substitute.

Foden was regularly used by Gareth Southgate at Euro 2020 before suffering a tournament-ending injury, and he was expected to be a starter in Qatar.

The Manchester City star came off the bench in Monday's 6-2 thrashing of Iran but was not utilised by Southgate against the States, despite positional rival Mason Mount having a poor game.

Southgate instead chose to throw on Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford, and he explained to ITV after the game why Foden was not brought into the fold.


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"Well we thought it was the right thing to keep the team from the start, and then the wide players we went with Jack and Marcus instead of Phil on the changes," Southgate said.

"We thought Jack would keep the ball for us and get us up the pitch and Marcus' speed we thought would be a threat coming into that last part of the game."

England will secure qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup with a point against Wales on Tuesday, while a win will see them top Group B.

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