Joe Cole calls for Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham to be DROPPED for England’s final group game against Wales… and says Phil Foden should START after England’s turgid 0-0 draw against the USA
Joe Cole has called for wholesale change from Gareth Southgate after England’s 0-0 draw with the USA in the World Cup, as the pundit suggested leaving Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham out of the starting 11.
Despite picking up the golden boot award at the 2018 tournament, Kane has not found the net in England’s opening two games in Qatar, and was often forced into deep positions against the USA.
Bellingham was widely lauded after a stunning display in England’s 6-2 win over Iran, but was frustrated in the last game as he struggled to dictate terms in midfield.
Harry Kane is yet to get on the scoresheet at the Qatar World Cup after two games
Joe Cole has called for the striker to be left out for England’s final group game against Wales
For Cole, both players should be given a break for the game against Wales, as he proposed a team featuring Jordan Henderson, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford.
Phil Foden’s omission from Southgate’s sides so far has been heavily criticised. The talented Manchester City star played just 20 minutes off the bench against Iran, and was not used at all as England hunted for a winner against the US
For Gary Neville, Foden’s lack of playtime is worrying, as he explained on Sky Sports: ‘I’m struggling with Foden a little bit just because I think he’s our best player in the country by a mile.’
‘Phil Foden is a generational talent that I feel as though he has to play, he has to be played into form and it has to work with England.
‘I went through my career with England where there were times where Paul Scholes was mishandled. I even woke up this morning thinking about Phil Foden, thinking: “Has something happened in training? Has something happened off the pitch which has meant that Gareth hasn’t seen what he wants to see?”
He also suggested Phil Foden should come into Gareth Southgate’s starting 11
The Manchester City star has played just 20 minutes at the World Cup so far
He went on to say that Foden was the best of England’s young attacking talents, as he explained: ‘You’ve got Saka and Sterling, and then you’ve got Grealish and Rashford that came on, and I like all four of those, so it’s not a reflection on any four of those.
‘But I have to say that those two number 10s, Bellingham and Mount, and those four, I do believe Phil Foden is the star amongst all of them. I do believe he’s the most outstanding talent out of all of them, even though they’ve all got brilliant talent.’
England play their final group game against Wales on Tuesday.