Phil Foden admits feeling sorry for Gareth Southgate amid England’s selection headache

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Phil Foden admits he feels SORRY for Gareth Southgate over his selection headache in England as the Manchester City star tries to work his way into the boss’s plans for Euro 2020 this summer.

  • Phil Foden is one of the attacking stars competing for a starting point in England
  • The 20-year-old claims it is ‘difficult’ and ‘very difficult’ to start for the Three Lions
  • The Manchester City man made his fourth cap against San Marino on Thursday
  • Foden could close the calendar year with the quadruple and a Euro 2020 spot

Phil Foden has made the surprising admission that he has sympathy for Gareth Southgate because of the screams he faces to get the midfielder into the England team.

Foden is England’s most exciting young player and there was a sense of disappointment when Southgate only named him as a substitute for Thursday’s 5-0 win over San Marino.

He came in the second half to win his fourth cap and hopes to contribute his numbers against Albania and Poland.

Phil Foden admits it is 'very difficult' to get into the England team because of the attacking talent

Phil Foden admits it is ‘very difficult’ to get into the England team because of the attacking talent

Gareth Southgate (above) has several high profile stars in the final third, including Foden

Gareth Southgate (above) has several high profile stars in the final third, including Foden

Gareth Southgate (above) has several high profile stars in the final third, including Foden

Many believe the Manchester City star could be a powerful weapon for Southgate this summer and the 20-year-old, whose form has been outstanding in recent months, admitted he had never felt so confident at any point in his career.

However, he admitted that Southgate faces an unenviable task of keeping everyone happy. As impatient as he is for opportunities to start, Foden is confident that the England head coach will unleash him when he sees fit.

“It’s hard to get a place (on this team),” said Foden. “There are so many great talents in the attacking third, so I regret having to choose a bit. It’s very difficult and all I can do is keep fighting for my place. That’s all I can really do.

‘When you are in shape your confidence is always higher than normal, so yes, I feel confident right now and I really enjoy my matches. So is this the most confident thing I’ve felt in my career? Probably. It’s hard to say it can’t be stopped, but I feel like I’m confident.

Foden (far right) claims he trusts Southgate (left) to use it the way he wants this year

Foden (far right) claims he trusts Southgate (left) to use it the way he wants this year

Foden (far right) claims he trusts Southgate (left) to use it the way he wants this year

‘It is very important to be consistent with your club. I just want to take that form to England. Some players have had a hard time performing for their clubs and also with England in the past, so I want to take the form that hopefully just plays the same way. I want to do what I’m good at.

‘If I am not chosen, I will just keep working hard and try to improve. I am only 20 and have a lot to improve. I have had to work really hard to be here now and I will continue to work hard and hope that I can go to a big tournament and do well. That is my goal. ‘

The next three months have the potential to be something out of a fairytale for Foden, as City is on the hunt for an unprecedented Quadruple while the European Championship offers a fantastic opportunity for England.

Foden could end 2021 quadruple with Manchester City and an England Euro 2020 spot

Foden could end 2021 quadruple with Manchester City and an England Euro 2020 spot

Foden could end 2021 quadruple with Manchester City and an England Euro 2020 spot

Pep Guardiola has told City’s squad to look no further than the next game – namely Leicester City, away, in the Premier League – but the smile on Foden’s face when he spoke of trophies left you in no doubt that he the glorious possibilities offered.

“Pep is very good at that and tries not to think too far ahead,” said Foden. ‘He always tells everyone’ just focus on the next game ‘. But of course the boys are going to think about it. It could be one of the best seasons in City’s history if we get that done.

‘But we are only told to focus on the next game and keep the same attitude. Hopefully we will win as many (trophies) as possible with City. Then of course the goal is to play in the England team, so it would be great times for me. I’m looking forward to it – looking forward to the challenge. ‘

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