• Wednesday, July 24, 2024
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Foden: Blame players for England’s shaky outing at Euro 2024

Phil Foden (3)

England’s Phil Foden said the players need to shoulder some of the blame for the team’s shaky performances at Euro 2024, expressing sympathy for manager Gareth Southgate, who has been subjected to heavy criticism.

England have sputtered through their four games in Germany, with Jude Bellingham’s last-gasp bicycle kick and Harry Kane’s header in extra time against Slovakia salvaging their tournament.

When asked about the criticism Southgate has faced, particularly around the team’s tendency to sit back rather than press, the 24-year-old said he feels sorry for the coach.

“The players have got to take some of the blame,” Foden said.

“There have to be some leaders to get together and find a solution to why it is not working. There is only so much the manager can do. He sets you up in a system and tells you how to press. If it is not going like that, you have to work it out.”

Foden, who won the Premier League’s Player of the Season, acknowledged his struggles in Germany. “I’ve not been the best player in the Premier League to come here and not show it,” he said.

England take on Switzerland in the quarter-finals on Saturday.