It seems that the manager is under pressure to play the likes of Foden and Mount, who despite their obvious talents tend to fail to deliver and at the cost of other players almost too good to ignore.. Part of the problem is figuring out what their roles are. Clearly neither are number 8s on last night’s viewing, and there’s better options wide or inside forward. It isn’t a coincidence that England played better in the Euros when both got dropped/injured. They need to nail down a position, or will be destined to be two more wasted drifting talents. Smith Rowe of Arsenal doesn’t get half as much smoke blown up him, yet is a guaranteed starter for Arsenal and getting games to develop into that 8 position nicely. Wouldn’t surprise me if he overtakes both to be honest.
England seem to have produced a glut of number 10s just when football has decided not to use them.
Southgate was right to revert to one DM last night, he just picked the wrong players in front of Rice.