Pep Guardiola backs Gareth Southgate over Phil Foden midfield comments

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he agrees with Gareth Southgate’s hesitancy over playing Phil Foden in a central midfield role.

Despite Foden’s public preference to play in midfield, Southgate insisted he is currently best-suited for a wide role and argued Guardiola’s use of Foden as a winger should speak volumes.

Asked to explain his views on Foden’s best position, Guardiola suggested the 23-year-old does not yet do enough on the defensive end to command a midfield role.

“I have an incredible relationship with Gareth,” he began. “It looks like I could disagree with him but…


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