Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden is not a certainty for the England squad ahead of the European Championships next summer according to former Three Lions player Paul Merson. Ex-Arsenal and Aston Villa midfielder Paul Merson has been a pundit since he retired from football. He talked about Phil Foden and his England career in his column with the Daily Star.

Phil Foden is the latest name on the lips of many England fans after his display against Iceland on Wednesday night. The young midfielder was the best player at the Wembley Stadium as the Three Lions beat their opponents comprehensively. He scored two goals and also provided an assist to lead his country to a 4-0 win in the Three Lions’ final game in the UEFA Nations League group stage.

Phil Foden provided the assist for the opening goal scored by Declan Rice who plays for West Ham United in the Premier League. The 20th minute headed goal from Rice means that he’s the first player to score for England in 90 years after the player had played for another nation. Douglas Hodgson is the last player to achieve feat in 1930. Declan Rice previously represented the Republic of Ireland in a friendly.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount added a second England goal four minutes later. The Three Lions didn’t score again until the last ten minutes when Phil Foden scored twice. By then Iceland had been reduced to ten men after BirkirSaevarsson was sent off at the start of the second half.

Paul Merson believes that Phil Foden will struggle to make the 23-man England squad for the European Championships next summer if he does not play regular football. According to him, Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish and the aforementioned Mason Mount are ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.

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