England U21s take on Croatia shortly in what is a dead rubber in Group C of the European Under-21 Championship.
It, of course, would have been a different story had England beaten Romania last week. A brace from Florinel Coman inspired Mirel Radoi’s men to a 4-2 victory to send the Young Lions out of the competition and leave Aidy Boothroyd having to answer a lot of questions.
Many, including Tony Cascarino, were not happy to see Phil Foden left on the bench and have since come out to criticise Boothroyd. In this instalment of our Pundit’s Choice feature, you can have a look at what exactly the former Chelsea striker has had to say.
“I clearly lay it down to the manager – it falls on him because of his decision-making in the games,” Cascarino told talkSPORT when discussing England’s early exit.
“You can’t change a team and have five players come in and leave out a player of Foden’s ability, who he is quite clearly England’s most creative player, when you’ve got to win a game.”
You would have to say Cascarino has hit the nail on the head here. Considering the context of things, leaving Foden out of the starting XI was a crazy decision.
It was a must-win game for England and Foden is arguably the Young Lions’ best player. To go with his goal against France in his side’s opening fixture of the tournament, the Manchester City youngster had an 89% pass success rate and recorded four dribbles, more than anyone else on the pitch on that night (as per WhoScored). Why leave all of that on the bench?
Whatever Boothroyd had planned certainly backfired and he now undoubtedly deserves the criticism he is receiving from Cascarino and others.
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