Foden hits back at Southgate’s critics

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Phil Foden has jumped to Gareth Southgate’s defence after the England coach was criticised for his side’s stuttering start at Euro 2020.

England have scored just once in their first two games with Southgate’s team selection and tactics questioned.

Friday’s 0-0 draw against Scotland at Wembley ended with England booed off by their frustrated fans.

Despite their slow start, England head into Tuesday’s game against the Czech Republic knowing a win will clinch first place in Group D.

And Manchester City forward Foden is adamant Southgate has no reason to listen to the doubters.

“He is a great coach. Working with him every day you get to see what he is like,” Foden told talkSPORT.

“He always has the players’ backs and I believe that his tactics are great so all these negative people don’t know what they are talking about because Gareth is a great coach.

“I believe in my teammates. I see us every day in training and how much the creative players create chances.

“I just feel like it is going to come in the next game and we are going to create more so I don’t see it as a concern at all.”

The 21-year-old has rejected claims he is struggling to adapt to Southgate’s preferred formation.

“We don’t play a massively different sort of way, it is a similar formation so I think I am doing alright,” he said.

“Obviously I can still do better but I believe I can just play for England like I play for my club.”

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