Gareth Southgate makes an admission on Phil Foden

Phil Foden has started the final group game against Wales.

The Man City playmaker was seen on the bench in England’s 0-0 draw against USA in their last game.

On that night, England lacked a creative spark and would have been the perfect candidate to unlock the stubborn USA defence.

But England manager Gareth Southgate claims that a lot of pressure is been shouldered on the 22-year-old City star.

“We have to be careful because we are putting a lot of pressure on him now,” he said.

“We’re a team and we need all of the players and they can all play a part but not any one of them is the reason we will win or lose. And we need to make sure we are not building Phil into a situation where actually if he steps on the pitch this is becoming really difficult for him because the level of expectation is beyond a young guy who is still establishing himself.”

“Internationally, in a different environment from his club where you’re comfortable with all the players you play with, it’s really distinctive, you’re going home every night, you’re calm with everything else. This is still a unique environment.

“He is still a really young player and he’s doing brilliantly well and we love him to bits. We also have got to look after him a bit as well.”

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