Gareth Southgate says he was impressed by what he noticed in Phil Foden’s England debut, and his second half substitution was not a mirrored image on his efficiency.
The Manchester Metropolis attacking midfielder performed for his nation for the primary time in England’s 1-Zero win over Iceland, which got here courtesy of a late Raheem Sterling penalty.
While Foden was changed by Danny Ings within the 68th minute, England boss Southgate stated he was pleased with the 20-year-old’s show.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities post-match, Southgate stated Foden did properly in tough circumstances.
“I assumed he did properly,” he stated, explaining Foden’s substitution was a tactical resolution.
“You may see a few of the by means of passes, his contact in midfield.
“It’s not at all times simple to search out the area in the course of the pitch as a result of it’s so condensed, as a result of Iceland are deep, they’re slender.
“Not the simplest of video games to come back into, however we simply needed to strive a second striker as a result of we felt it would start to stretch their defence.
“We didn’t take Phil off due to his efficiency, I used to be actually happy with him.”
Sky Sports activities pundit Alex Scott felt that, while Foden was not at his greatest within the sport, he did properly towards a cussed and disciplined Iceland facet.
She stated: “I believe when you concentrate on Phil Foden – you need him on the ball.
“We’re used to seeing him now taking part in on the half-turn, doing what he does at Man Metropolis and linking the play. In patches, he did that. It was a tough sport if you’re taking part in towards a crew that’s going to financial institution up.
“I believe he didn’t do something to hurt his possibilities in any respect.
“He didn’t look misplaced. I believe the sport general was a tough one as a result of if you take a look at our ahead line, we weren’t as fluid as regular. That comes all the way down to match sharpness.
“I don’t suppose we really performed by means of the center as a lot as we must always have.
“We have been trying to play the ball out huge, however we noticed glimpses of him as we speak and there have been constructive indicators for Gareth to take into the subsequent sport.”