The Guardiola style has affected Foden’s England form, says Rooney

Sun 20 June 2021 | 9:54

The Three Lions' all-time top scorer believes the young star is not in harmony with Gareth Southgate’s tactics.

Phil Foden

has started both of


’s Euro 2020 matches so far. The Manchester City star displayed an impressive performance against Croatia, but he struggled to find his best form against Scotland on Friday.

Wayne Rooney

believes the young forward’s lack of form is related to the fact that he is used to a possession-based system under

Pep Guardiola

at Manchester City.

The Manchester United legend told

The Times


"I love Foden as a footballer but you have to realise that, for four years and more, he has been moulded into a City player.

"Pep Guardiola did not let him go on loan, or experience a different style of football - his whole adult career has been spent playing the Guardiola/City way.

"It is hard for him to turn up and just change how he has been playing since the age of 16. City play in the final third. They keep possession there. Foden is not a dribbler but a player who plays nice little passes and moves into good positions.”

Foden was a key player for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last season as they won the Premier League trophy and reached the Champions League final. The 25-year-old featured in 28 Premier League matches for the Citizens, scoring nine goals and providing five assists.

Rooney added:

"At City, the movement of players around him enables it. City will play quick five-yard passes before a little movement - not a big one - will free Foden up and he has licence to go into the spaces and play as a No 9, at times, or No 10 at others.”

The former England captain believes Gareth Southgate must use players like

Jadon Sancho


Jack Grealish

to activate Foden’s full potential.

"Whereas with England he is a bit isolated out wide and when he receives the ball, the possession is slow and there is little happening around him. That means he then has to dribble - and if you are playing in such a way that, from your wide players, dribbling is what is required, then why not play Grealish and Jadon Sancho, two of the best at doing it."

England will play their last Group D match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

source: SportMob

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