MICHAEL OWEN was left “astonished” by Gareth Southgate’s decision not to play Phil Foden last night.

England slumped to a 0-0 draw against the USA, failing to break down their bright opponents.

Michael Owen was left frustrated watching last night's game


Michael Owen was left frustrated watching last night’s gameCredit: Getty
Phil Foden was left on the bench last night


Phil Foden was left on the bench last nightCredit: Getty

Southgate, 52, named an unchanged starting XI from the one that battered Iran 6-2 on Monday.

But it was a different story this time around, with Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka and Co being left frustrated.

Fans online clamoured for Phil Foden to be brought on, only for the Manchester City star to be left watching from the bench for the entire game.

Southgate instead opted to bring on Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and even Jordan Henderson – much to fans’ frustration.

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Leading the cries was former England striker Owen.

The 42-year-old, who scored 40 goals for the Three Lions, wrote on Twitter: “Astonished that we’ve used 14 players so far yet our most talented player is still sat on the bench.”

Sun columnist Piers Morgan wrote: “FFS…Foden.. Foden… Foden… bring on fricking Foden.”

While another fan asked: “Does Southgate know Phil Foden is English?”


A further user added: “pep picks foden week in week out, klopp chooses trent week in week out, but don’t worry, southgate knows what he’s doing.”

Explaining his substitutions after the game, the England boss said: “We thought it was the right thing to do, to keep the team from the start, and then the wide players we went with Jack and Marcus ahead of Phil on the changes.

“We thought, Jack would keep the ball well for us and get us up the pitch and Marcus’ speed, we thought would also be a threat coming into that last part of the game.”

He later added: “We didn’t feel it was right for Phil in the middle because he doesn’t play there for his club.”

The draw keeps England top of Group B – with their next match coming against Wales on Tuesday evening.

Gareth Southgate came under fire for his selections


Gareth Southgate came under fire for his selectionsCredit: Getty

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