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Southgate excited by ‘fabulous’ Foden

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Southgate managing England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup (Photo: Wikipedia)
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ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andora— Gareth Southgate said Phil Foden’s emergence as an England star is “fabulously exciting” after the Manchester City playmaker stole the spotlight in the 5-0 rout of Andorra.اضافة اعلان

Foden was England’s stand-out performer in the one-sided World Cup qualifier at the Estadi Nacional on Saturday.

Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse, and Jack Grealish scored the goals as Southgate’s side moved a step closer to qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Foden’s breathtaking range of passing was key to England breaking down the massed Andorra defense.

Spraying the ball around from deep in midfield, Foden was compared by television pundit Roy Keane to legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady for the accuracy of his passes.

Foden was involved in Chilwell’s goal before playing a fine pass for Saka to score.

Southgate was thrilled by the 21-year-old’s display, saying Foden is so talented it is hard to quantify just how good he can become in future or where is best position is.

Foden has impressed for City playing in wide attacking roles, in a false nine berth and deeper in midfield.

“It is difficult (to predict his best position) because frankly he is one of those players who is effective anywhere across that front line,” Southgate said.
“If you play him 7, 11, 10, 8. A sort of traditional 4-3-3 midfield with a 6, 8, 10, if he was the 10 within that but with the capability to drop lower and build the play at times like he did tonight.

“Part of that is just as he gets stronger as well and part of that will be the balance of the type of player who plays as the other eight and their qualities.
“Look, it’s fabulously exciting isn’t it? When you are trying to break down a defense as we had tonight, and you’ve got a player who can see the passes he sees and can execute them in the way that he did.

“The quality we know. For us it’s really interesting, the possibilities with him in terms of his positioning moving forward.”

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