During England’s Euro 2024 qualifying match against Italy, Phil Foden was brought on as a substitute but lasted just 12 minutes before being taken off by manager Gareth Southgate. Foden, who plays for Manchester City, had been benched for the match but was brought on in the 69th minute to replace Jack Grealish. However, a red card for Luke Shaw saw Southgate make a tactical change and bring on Kieran Trippier to bolster the team’s defense. With England leading by just one goal, Southgate opted to take off Foden and help secure the win.
Before the match, Southgate had spoken about Foden’s versatility and how his skills and quality were most suited to playing out wide. He noted that Foden typically played on the left or right for his club, but could also play as a no.10 or in midfield against lesser opponents.
The decision to take off Foden proved to be the right one as England secured a 2-1 win over Italy, with Declan Rice and Harry Kane scoring in the first half. The win was crucial for England’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign and showed Southgate’s tactical nous in making the right changes at the right time.
Overall, Foden’s brief appearance highlighted his potential as a key player for England in the future. His versatility and ability to play in multiple positions make him a valuable asset for Southgate, who will likely continue to use him strategically in upcoming matches.