Wayne Rooney calls Phil Foden ‘the best footballer England has’ and insists he MUST start against Wales

Wayne Rooney calls Phil Foden ‘the best footballer England has’ and insists he MUST start against Wales on Tuesday… although he admits he would have been ‘very frustrated’ as a Manchester City star not to play against the USA .

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Wayne Rooney has asked England boss Gareth Southgate to start Phil Foden in the Three Lions’ final group game.

England take on Wales at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium on Tuesday knowing that qualification for the knockout rounds is all but assured despite a disappointing draw with the USA on Friday.

Southgate came under fire following the result, with many questioning why Foden was not recalled as England struggled to create chances.

Wayne Rooney has insisted that Phil Foden must start England's final group game of the World Cup.

Wayne Rooney has insisted that Phil Foden must start England’s final group game of the World Cup.

Man City did not appear as England battled to a 0-0 draw with the US on Friday.

Man City did not appear as England battled to a 0-0 draw with the US on Friday.

Man City did not appear as England battled to a 0-0 draw with the US on Friday.

Writing in his column for The timesthe DC United boss agreed he couldn’t understand why the 22-year-old wasn’t showing up.

‘I found it very strange that Foden did not come on as a substitute against the USA, and as I wrote on these pages ahead of the tournament, he would be a key part of my starting XI if I were England manager. Technically, he is the best footballer England has.

“I think if you have a talent like Foden’s, you just have to play him. He is now a different player than we saw at Euro 2020, when he struggled to make an impact.

He is more mature and came to this tournament after a long period of brilliant performances for Manchester City. He has the way to go with the ability. If I were him, I would be very frustrated that I didn’t take the field at any point in Friday’s game.

The 22-year-old came into the Qatar tournament in one of the best moments of his career.

The 22-year-old came into the Qatar tournament in one of the best moments of his career.

The 22-year-old came into the Qatar tournament in one of the best moments of his career.

Foden entered the tournament in the best form of his Manchester City career. The 22-year-old has scored seven Premier League goals in 14 appearances this season and has notched a further three assists.

Rooney also praised Southgate for showing faith in Harry Maguire after the criticized Manchester United defender produced another solid performance in an England shirt.

“(Maguire) was England’s standout player on Friday and had an excellent game against Iran, showing the quality on the ball, the solid defense and the unmistakable threat from set pieces that make him so important to the team.” .

Rooney also praised Southgate for showing faith in Harry Maguire by starting him in both games.

Rooney also praised Southgate for showing faith in Harry Maguire by starting him in both games.

Rooney also praised Southgate for showing faith in Harry Maguire by starting him in both games.

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