Foden to start for England; Mount in ‘serious contention’
Gareth Southgate is reportedly set to recall Phil Foden for England’s last 16 tie against Germany on Tuesday and Mason Mount is in ‘serious contention’.
Foden was left out of the final group game against Czech Republic but Southgate said that was a precautionary measure.
“He’s on a yellow card and given that we look like we’re missing two players already for the next round, I don’t want to take a risk on a third,” Southgate said before the game.
And Sky Sports claim Foden looks set to ‘win the battle with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho’ to start on the right side for England.
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There was no mention of Bukayo Saka, who impressed against the Czech Republic. But there is speculation as to whether the Arsenal star could start at left wing-back.
And Southgate is also considering a start for Mason Mount, despite the midfielder – along with Chelsea teammate Ben Chilwell – not having trained with the squad for the last week due to being put in isolation.
The England boss is set to leave that decision until the last minute, but Sky Sports claim that Southgate’s ‘special measures to include Mount and Chilwell in tactical team meetings via Zoom shows that Mount is still very much in Southgate’s thoughts’.
Meanwhile, Gary Neville has urged England’s players not to “fall short” against Germany on Tuesday.
“I was a young player at Euro 96, just 21 years of age, and you feel like those moments are going to return,” he told the Sky Sports Football Euros Podcast.
“What I’d say to these lads on Tuesday is this moment isn’t coming back. This is it. Don’t think of this moment ever coming back: playing Germany in a home tournament, in your own stadium, in front of 45,000 fans. You wish it was 80,000, like we had in Euro 96 but it will be enough, it will be a special moment.
“We didn’t create history in Euro 96, we fell short. Don’t fall short on Tuesday, lads.
“What an opportunity exists if we beat Germany on Tuesday. They’ll know that.
“But don’t think that [there will be] 2022 in Qatar or 2024 somewhere else or 2026 somewhere else… forget that, you might not be there. The team might not be there, you might not qualify. All those things exist in future tournaments that are out of your hands.
“This tournament now you have a great chance.
“It’s so special to play Germany at Wembley, it really is. It’s a major national moment for this country. That’s how it was in Euro 96, a major moment that is remembered forever.
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“The lads on Tuesday will not have another moment like this in their international careers because it’s unlikely we’re going to get a tournament [held in England] in the next five or 10 years.
“For the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling this is it. There isn’t a second chance.
“Only in 1966 and 1996 has it happened before and in 2021 you’ve got that chance. Go and take it.”