‘We’ve used 14 players yet our best is still on the bench’: Michael Owen leads outrage on social media after Phil Foden doesn’t even come off the bench in England’s tedious goalless draw with the United States
Michael Owen has led criticism into why Phil Foden was not brought on in England’s goalless draw with the United States.
Foden was not included in the starting line-up for the second match in a row, after he only came off the bench in their opening 6-2 win over Iran.
However, with the Three Lions unable to find the back of the net in a lacklustre performance against the USA, Gareth Southgate opted to bring on Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford – while the Man City star was left on the bench.
Social media was left baffled as to why Phil Foden didn’t feature in England’s draw with the USA
Foden didn’t start and Gareth Southgate opted to bring Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and Jordan Henderson off the bench over the Man City star as they searched for a goal
Former England international Owen tweeted: ‘Astonished that we’ve used 14 players so far yet our most talented player is still sat on the bench.’
Piers Morgan also commented: ‘FFS…Foden.. Foden… Foden… bring on fricking Foden.’
A number of social media users voiced their frustration at the decision to start Chelsea star Mason Mount over Foden.
One wrote: ‘Mount over Foden is a war crime at this point,’ while another commented ‘Mount over Foden is criminal.’
Twitter user @brh1981 added: ‘To any normal person, Foden starts every single time. Just not if you’re Gareth Southgate.
Many expected Foden to come off the bench but Southgate opted not to bring him on
Other people hit out at Gareth Southgate, with one writing: ‘ What’s Phil Foden done to upset Southgate! Shambles.’
Even a Manchester United fan joined in on the act as @erikslads said: ‘No Foden is shocking from Southgate! How do we have such a clueless manager in charge life’s not fair.’
Another user wrote: ‘Anyone with half a brain cell knows Foden should be on.’
Some questioned Southgate’s decision to start Chelsea’s Mason Mount over Foden