Sun 27 November 2022 | 10:31

Phil Foden is "the best footballer England have", says Wayne Rooney

England football legend Wayne Rooney has urged Gareth Southgate to play Phil Foden at the World Cup going forward.

Phil Foden

played 20 minutes against Iran in


’s first match at the 2022 World Cup and was an unused substitute during Friday's 0-0 draw with the United States.

England manager Gareth Southgate has come under pressure from the media to play Manchester City star against Wales on Tuesday and now Wayne Rooney

says that a talent like Foden must play for England.

"I found it very strange that Foden did not come on as a substitute 

"I found it very strange that Foden did not come on as a substitute against the USA,"

he wrote in his column for The Times.

"Technically, he is the best footballer England have.

"I think if you have a talent like Foden, you simply have to play him. He is now a different player from the one we saw at Euro 2020, when he struggled to make an impact.

"He is more mature and came into this tournament on the back of a long period of brilliant performances for Manchester City.

"He has the form to go with the ability. If I were him, I would be very frustrated that I didn't get on the pitch at any stage of Friday’s game."

Harry Maguire

has been criticised heavily in the last 18 months but he has started both matches for England in Qatar and Rooney praised his performance against the United States.

"[Maguire] was England's standout player on Friday,"

he added.

"He had an excellent game against Iran.

"[He is] showing the quality on the ball, sound defending and unmistakable threat at set pieces. That makes him so important to the team."

source: SportMob

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