Despite taking four points from a possible six against Croatia and Scotland, England are under severe scrutiny as a result of their performances.
The Three Lions have scored just one goal across the two games, and looked particularly underwhelming against the Scots at Wembley, managing just one shot on target across the 90 minutes, fewer than the Scots themselves.
Fantastic to be back at Wembley for another England vs Scotland clash.
Not exactly the classic I watched in ‘96 but we take the point and move on! pic.twitter.com/t8qMUBwGsG
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) June 18, 2021
While Harry Kane has come in for a lot of criticism for his below-par performances, he has not been alone. The creative outlets behind him, Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling, have all struggled to carve out chances for their captain, leaving Kane to cut a frustrated figure.
With Czech Republic currently also on four points in the group, it is imperative that England get a result on Tuesday evening. Former legendary striker Wayne Rooney has had his say on how to do just that.
The forward, who scored 53 goals in 120 international appearances for the Three Lions. suggested that dropping Foden may be crucial to getting the best out of the England front line.
In an article for The Times, he wrote:
“I love Foden as a footballer but you have to realise that, for four years and more, he has been moulded into a City player.
“It is hard for him to turn up and just change how he has been playing since the age of 16. City play in the final third. They keep possession there. Foden is not a dribbler but a player who plays nice little passes and moves into good positions.”
He continued that:
“With England he [Foden] is a bit isolated out wide and when he receives the ball, the possession is slow and there is little happening around him,”
“That means he then has to dribble – and if you are playing in such a way that, from your wide players, dribbling is what is required, then why not play Grealish and Jadon Sancho, two of the best at doing it.”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 20, 2021
Jadon Sancho is yet to feature for England at the tournament amidst interest from Manchester United, while Jack Grealish came off the bench against Scotland but could not influence the game to his usual level.
Could we see Southgate change it up to include these two mercurial talents?
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