Furious England fans criticize Gareth Southgate’s ‘wild’ decision to bench Phil Foden in their World Cup opener…
Fans are outraged at Gareth Southgate’s decision to bench Phil Foden as England’s predicted starting line-up for their 2022 World Cup opener has emerged.
The Three Lions line-up is expected to feature Jordan Pickford in goal, while Southgate opts for a back four of Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.
Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount form a midfield three with Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane as forwards – whether it will be a 2 behind Kane or a three remains to be seen.
Fans furious over Gareth Southgate’s decision to bench Phil Foden for England opener
Southgate’s predicted starting line-up has emerged ahead of their opener against Iran
Fans have flooded to social media to voice their opinion on the potential squad, insisting that Manchester City star Phil Foden should start ahead of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka and Mason Mount.
The 22-year-old already has eight goals and three assists for City in 20 appearances so far this season and is arguably one of the most in form Three Lions players.
One fan posted: ‘Think it’s amazing that England can’t find a way to find a role for Foden that brings out the best in him.
“Understand that Mount will be playing the 8 role, but surprised he’s in on it. Sterling is also lucky in my opinion given his form, but said that before the European Championship to be fair. White also for Maguire.
A second insisted, “Foden is clear of Sterling, Mount and Saka.
A third tweeted: ‘Southgate should be locked up if he lets Mount and Sterling go over Foden.
Another added: ‘Foden must start.’
Other Three Lions supporters have questioned the inclusion of Manchester United defender Harry Maguire – despite his solid form for his country in the previous two major tournaments.
The defender has made just nine appearances in all competitions for United this season after losing his place to Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane following his miserable start to the season.
Maguire was then hit with an injury but has since bounced back, although his lack of form and playing time left fans wondering why he is starting against Iran.
One fan said: ‘His loyalty to Maguire will cost him his job and us another tournament we should win.
Another added: “Foden for Sterling, EVERYONE for Maguire.”
Kyle Walker is not fit enough to play against Iran as he remains fully fit after groin surgery.
However, the Manchester City defender expects to be ready for Friday’s game with the USA.
James Maddison has been ruled out of the Iran-opener after missing practice again on Sunday due to a knee problem.