Micah Richards has questioned England manager Gareth Southgate starting Jordan Henderson against Ukraine, suggesting Manchester City star Phil Foden should have got the nod instead.
England played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening in the latest Euro 2024 qualifier.
The Three Lions fell behind thanks to a goal from Oleksandr Zinchenko.
But City’s Kyle Walker equalised, to cap off a really good display from him personally.
Indeed, Jill Scott hailed him as England’s best performer after the game.
There has been quite a bit of criticism of Southgate since the game.
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Many feel that he was too conservative with his approach, with his team selection coming under the microscope.
And Richards has now asked the question many City fans have right now…
Micah Richards questions Gareth Southgate and suggests Man City’s Phil Foden needs to start for England
Richards has been speaking on the The Rest Is Football podcast about England’s latest result.
He simply couldn’t hide his frustrations with Southgate.
The manager’s decision to start Jordan Henderson in midfield, rather than Foden, has particularly irked him.
He said: “I just thought… we know what Henderson can do. We know that, we’ve seen it for so many years. It was crying out for someone like Phil Foden to start. Get on the half-turn and make something happen. We knew how Ukraine were going to play. They’re going to drop deep. Even the manager said before the game that they had a plan for how the game’s going to go. Let’s just experiment a little bit more! It’s just frustrating. I’m frustrated, Gary (Lineker).”
Foden not starting for England is a joke
It is baffling that Foden does not start regularly for this England team. It has now become a situation that cannot really be ignored.
The 23-year-old is one of the finest English talents around and yet, he is overlooked for people like Henderson.
Richards’ frustrations will be shared by not just City fans, but many neutrals as well.
Foden is a unique and dynamic player, and he would have been a much better option on Saturday.