Gary Neville has slammed Gareth Southgate’s decision not to face Phil Foden against the United, while calling the Manchester City star England’s best player.
In what was a largely disappointing encounter, England looked lethargic and lacked creativity.
In truth, Southgate’s men should consider themselves lucky to come away with a point as the USMNT squandered some glorious chances to find the back of the net.
After the match, the Three Lions boss’s decision not to bring in Foden and Trent Alexander Arnold was criticized by fans.
Foden appeared in fine form for City ahead of the World Cup but is yet to start a single game in Qatar. The 22-year-old was signed by Mason Mount in the 70th minute of England’s opener. But was not used against the United States.
Former Manchester United defender Neville has questioned Southgate’s decision not to play Foden.
He said on ITV during half-time: “I know Phil Foden isn’t playing, but for Phil Foden not to play for England is such a shame because he’s a huge talent.
“I think he’s our best player, our best talent by a mile. He should play in this team.
Neville then pointed out that England were playing too many passes and not advancing the ball fast enough.
He added: “We had way too many passes at the back, we didn’t reach midfield. Their three midfielders made ours slow, we spoke about (Jude) Bellingham before the game , Mount, they put a bunch of passes together and if you look at (Harry) Maguire on that (Weston McKennie luck) he’s really poor on this one, you gotta get him close to the post.
“Look at Maguire, he goes and marks you can’t do that, you can’t do that. They were brighter and sharper, everything we did, we got no good. We know what a talent (Christian) Pulisic is, (Jordan) Pickford is beaten here, it’s a huge red flag this first half, they did that the other night and they got weaker, so the England hope that will happen here too. ”
“I was disappointed not to see Foden. For him, not coming off the bench was interesting.” 🤔
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Full-time Neville reiterated his disappointment at not seeing Foden, he said: “I was disappointed not to see Foden, I know I mentioned it at half-time but for me that talent is Huge, I haven’t seen anything like this.”
England will now need to get a positive result against Wales on Tuesday as they aim to qualify for the knockout stages.