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‘He never plays there’ – Southgate laughs off Foden comments as England star names favorite position

Phil Foden
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Foden left the England manager bemused by his comments following the 3-0 World Cup win over Wales.

England manager Gareth Southgate has played down Phil Foden saying that playing as a No. 10 is his favorite role.

After seeing just 19 minutes of action in England’s first two Group B games, Foden made his first World Cup start on Tuesday. He started on the right flank of the Three Lions attack, alongside Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, and scored the game’s second goal to help seal a 3-0 win over Wales in Qatar.

Asked to name his preferred position afterward, Foden told talkSPORT: “I don’t know. Probably somewhere in the No.10 role. But I don’t mind, to be honest.

“Wherever I play, I try to influence the game. I can play in many different positions. Wherever the manager puts me, I always try to do my best for the team. That’s all I try to do.”

In response to Foden’s comments, Southgate smiled and said: “But he never plays there, does he? So it’s a bit hard to work that out!

“I can see why. We need a bit of evidence of it being used at times!”

Rashford scored the other two goals at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium to complete a 3-0 win for Southgate’s side. The result guaranteed their place as Group B winners for the last 16, where they will face Group A runners-up Senegal on Sunday.