Southgate was criticized for not using Foden in a game where England needed a creative spark and struggled to get the best of Gregg Berhalter’s team. Carragher thinks it’s a “shame” that the 22-year-old didn’t start in Qatar, let alone the fact that he only received 19 minutes off the bench against Iran.
“Foden has had a lot of chances for England so Southgate hasn’t ignored him,” Carragher admitted. The Telegraph. “But even though it’s very early in his career, there have been moments when I watch Foden play for his country when his situation reminded me of John Barnes in his heyday.
“For those who are too young to remember, between 1987 and 1991, Barnes was not only the most talented English player of his generation, he was way ahead of the rest. He thinks of Thierry Henry during his best years at Arsenal. That’s how good Barnes was for Liverpool. However, to England, he was a shadow of himself.
Foden has seven goals in 11 Premier League starts this season and has been a key member of Pep Guardiola’s side in their quest to retain their title, also impressing during his brief appearance in England’s World Cup opener. when they outscored Iran by six goals, despite fellow substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish entering the scoresheet in Foden’s place.
After the match, Southgate explained why Rashford, Grealish and Jordan Henderson came on before Foden. He said: “We thought it was the right thing to do to keep the team from the start, then the wide players went with Jack and Marcus ahead of Phil for the changes.
“Jack can keep the ball well for us and help us upfield, we thought Marcus’ speed would also be a threat for the latter part of the game.”
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