England fans are FURIOUS with Gareth Southgate over ‘wild’ decision to bench Phil Foden

England fans are FURIOUS with Gareth Southgate over ‘wild’ decision to bench Phil Foden

Furious England fans slam Gareth Southgate’s ‘wild’ decision to leave Phil Foden on the bench in their World Cup opener… as they insist the Man City star should be well ahead of Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka

Fans are furious at Gareth Southgate’s decision to bench Phil Foden, as England’s planned starting line-up for their 2022 World Cup opener has emerged.

The Three Lions line-up is expected to feature Jordan Pickford in goal, with Southgate opting for a full-back in Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount will form a midfield three with Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane operating as the forward line – whether that’s a 2 behind Kane or a three remains in question.

Fans furious at Gareth Southgate’s decision to bench Phil Foden for England opener

Southgate's planned starting line-up has emerged ahead of their opener against Iran

Southgate’s planned starting line-up has emerged ahead of their opener against Iran

Fans have flocked to social media to have their say on the potential squad insisting Manchester City star Phil Foden should start ahead of Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka and Mason Mount.

The 22-year-old already has eight goals and three assists for City in 20 appearances so far this season and is arguably one of the Three Lions’ most in-form players.

One fan posted: “It’s unbelievable England can’t find a way to find a role for Foden that gets the best out of him.”

‘Understand that Mount will play role 8, but surprised he’s in it. Sterling is also lucky in my opinion given his form, but said that before the Euros to be fair. White for Maguire too.

A second insisted: “Foden is clear of Sterling, Mount and Saka.

A third tweeted: ‘Southgate should be locked down if he launches Mount and Sterling on Foden’.

Another added: ‘Foden needs to start.

Other Three Lions supporters have questioned the inclusion of Manchester United defender Harry Maguire despite his solid form for his country at the previous two major tournaments.

The defender has featured just nine times in all competitions for United this season after losing places to Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane following his miserable start to the campaign.

Maguire was then hit by injury but has since returned to the fold, although his lack of form and playing time has left fans wondering why he is starting against Iran.

One fan said: “His loyalty to Maguire will cost him his job and we have yet to win another tournament.”

Another added: “Foden for Sterling, ANYONE for Maguire.”

Kyle Walker is not fit enough to be involved against Iran as he continues to recover from groin surgery.

However, the Manchester City defender expects to be ready for the game against USA on Friday.

James Maddison was ruled out of the first match against Iran after again missing training on Sunday with a knee problem.

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