England vs Denmark: Phil Foden should be handed recall claims Wayne Bridge
The Three Lions take on the Danes at Wembley on Wednesday on the back of their stunning knockout wins over Germany and Ukraine.
Manchester City youngster Foden failed to feature in either game as head coach Southgate utilised all of the attacking talent at his disposal.
The 21-year-old had started England’s first two games of the tournament against Croatia and Scotland, but was rested for the Czech Republic game as he was on a yellow card, and then hasn’t seen a minute of football since as Jadon Sancho, Bakayo Saka and Jack Grealish appear to have leapfrogged him in the race to line up alongside Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in England’s front three.
Bridge, who won 36 caps for England and was part of the squads at the 2002 and 2006 World Cupls, plus Euro 2004, is a big fan of the starlet and would love to see him recalled for the Denmark tie.
I love him [Foden] as a player but he definitely hasn’t featured as much as I thought,” Bridge told bettingexpert.com. “He’s such a top quality player.
"Going into the tournament I thought he’d play every game.
"We’re never worried about our attacking players, we’ve got so many options and you probably thought about the defence more, but they’ve been great.
"You can’t fault Gareth, if you look at the teams he’s played he’s stuck with what he wants and not listened to anyone else.
"I probably would have picked a totally different team attacking wise – I probably would have had Phil Foden in there, I love him as a player.
"I would have liked to have seen him more but you can’t fault what Gareth’s done. I’m sure if he gets recalled to the squad he’ll be putting in a good performance.”
Southgate looks set to stick with the 4-3-3 formation against Denmark, having used it in every game bar the Germany clash. Saka returned to training on Monday, having missed the Ukraine game through injury, and will be challenging Sancho for a starting berth on Wednesday.