Foden set for England recall as Southgate leaves door open for Greenwood

Gareth Southgate is ready to recall Phil Foden when he names his next England squad.

Southgate will also consider giving Mason Greenwood a reprieve as he believes both should be available selection after being sent home from Iceland in disgrace last month.

But Manchester United forward Greenwood is not such a straightforward selection purely on a footballing basis while Foden has been in outstanding form.

Southgate made it clear that he wanted to teach them both a lesson after the pair were caught with girls in the team hotel while on international duty in Iceland in September which broke strict coronavirus protocols.

England boss Southgate left Greenwood and Foden out of his next squad to face Wales, Belgium and Denmark for the treble header at Wembley to try and teach them a lesson.

Southgate said last month that he needed to “send a message to all our players in our teams at every age level that that sort of thing isn’t how we do things with England. Then we’ve got to rehabilitate these two boys. Young people will make mistakes.”

But now Southgate clearly feels that they have served their time and deserve another chance for the forthcoming games with Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

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Southgate names his next squad next Thursday and Foden, 20, looks highly likely to go straight back in after some excellent recent performances for Manchester City in both the Premier League and Champions League.

Foden, who made his senior England debut in Iceland on September, is regarded as one of Southgate’s best prospects and will push hard for a place in the Euros.

But Greenwood, who scored against RB Leipzig at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, has not started regularly for United while it was also reported that the club warned him over his timekeeping and standards, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted there was no issue.

Greenwood is also facing competition for a place after the emergence of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as a regular in the squad while Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho will also compete for the wide places in the squad.

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