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England boss
Gareth Southgate
insists Phil Foden still has a major part to play at the World Cup as the clamour
for the forward to start against Wales intensifies.

Manchester City star Foden has made just one substitute appearance here in Qatar so far, coming on in the 6-2 win over Iran with the
game effectively already won.
Southgate overlooked Foden in the 0-0 draw against the USA, instead choosing to introduce Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford off the bench.



England manager Gareth Southgate (right) has insisted that Phil Foden (left) will get his chance at
the World Cup after being left on the bench in Friday's goalless draw with the United States

The in-form Manchester City star has been restricted to just one sub appearance so far





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The decision drew criticism from some quarters with many onlookers believing Foden should be playing a
more prominent role at the tournament.

And ahead of Tuesday's game against Wales,
Southgate has provided a major hint that he is
ready to unleash Foden.
'We love
Phil, he is a super player,' the England boss told ITV Sport.

'He was into the first game, we decided not to put him into the second.

But he is going to play an important part in this tournament for us, there is no
question about that.
'We haven't got any issue with Phil. In September he started both games for us and we put him into
the game versus Iran.
'We decided to stick with that team and we felt the
changes required something a little different for the USA.

Southgate brought Foden off the bench during England's
opening game, a 6-2 win over Iran

Given his club form, Foden might have expected to start both of England's matches so far

'But we are intending to be here as long as we can. And he is a super player and we think the world of him.

And he is going to play a big part.
'He can play off either wing. He can play as a false nine.

He can play behind a striker, he doesn't do that as often for his club.
He works hard for the team and of course he has fabulous technical ability.'
Southgate is not expected to make wholesale changes to the team
that started against the USA - though he is considering refreshing his forward line.

When asked about the prospect of making changes to his
starting XI, Southgate replied: 'We will see.

We want to win football matches and we want to try to top the
group if we can.

England disappointingly failed to score during their
bore draw with the United States 

However, England will qualify for the last-16 if they avoid a four-goal defeat to Wales

'So we've got to make sure there is some consistency in what we do and our performances are healthy.

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