IAN LADYMAN: England need Phil Foden's fairy dust... surely Gareth Southgate must find a way to get...
Between now and next summers assault on the European Championship the small details will matter. England make no secret of the fact they fancy themselves to win in Germany but can they do that if they dont have their most creative players on the field?
For the first time in many years, an England manager has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal. In Poland on Saturday, Gareth Southgate was without the injured Jack Grealish while players such as Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Jarrod Bowen and Harvey Barnes were not selected for the squad.
But what of Phil Foden? Used here as a substitute by Southgate as he tried to create clear chances against a Ukraine team sufficiently organised and energetic to deny England many, he continues to look and feel like a footballer seeking a place to call home at this level.
Foden, 23 now, is arguably the most technically gifted footballer in England. Last season, when asked to name the most talented player at Manchester City, Grealish replied Phil Foden without even pausing for breath.