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Gareth Southgate's true feelings about Phil Foden indicate England's Euro 2024 squad

Gareth Southgate's true feelings about Phil Foden indicate England's Euro 2024 squad

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Phil Foden has been in good form for Manchester City(Palestinian Authority)

Gareth Southgate will easily remind everyone next week of his commitment to Phil Foden as one of England's most important players.

‌There seems to be a false narrative that Southgate doesn't like Foden or wouldn't pick him in his best England position.‌ However, the stats and reality tell a very different story ahead of this summer's European Championships when Foden's current form means he will be. Crucial to England's chances of winning the tournament.

‌England manager Southgate, who announced his squad to face Brazil and Belgium this month next Thursday, has given 23-year-old Foden 31 caps in just over three years. Of those 31 matches, 26 were in competitive matches and seven were in grand finals.

He would almost certainly have played in the Euro 2021 final had it not been for the injury. What's more, Manchester City star Foden has played in the last eight consecutive matches for England, including the full 90 minutes in the last three international matches.

The in-form Foden, one of the clear favorites for the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Season award, also played in all but one of England's 2022 World Cup matches – the United States' – including 85 minutes of the quarter-final defeat to France. .

Foden started alongside Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka in that France game, and the smart money will be on them to be England's first line forward this summer.

There is another debate about Southgate getting the best out of Foden, but in reality he often started from the wide areas for his club and did his most damage from the wings against Manchester United last Sunday.

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