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All forgiven! England's Phil Foden looks set to start against Iceland

All is forgiven! England’s Phil Foden set to start against Iceland for first time since he was sent home after inviting girls back to team hotel in Reykjavik

  • Phil Foden looks set to win his third England cap against Iceland at Wembley
  • The Manchester City star is back in the squad after September’s scandal
  • He and Mason Greenwood brought two women back to the Iceland team hotel 
  • But Foden is set to feature from the start in the Nations League dead rubber 

Phil Foden’s return to the England set-up will take another big step on Wednesday night, as Gareth Southgate prepares to hand him his first start since he was sent home in shame from Iceland.

The Manchester City star will win his third cap, with Southgate set to start him in a more attacking role at Wembley.

Foden was given an international reprieve after being excluded from the previous squad due to the fallout when he and Mason Greenwood brought two women back to the team hotel following the win in Iceland in September – Greenwood was not named in this squad.

Phil Foden looks set to win his third England cap and will feature from the start against Iceland

The Manchester City star was back in the squad after breaking coronavirus rules in Iceland

Foden came on as a substitute in last week’s friendly win over Republic of Ireland but was an unused substitute against Belgium.

Southgate said: ‘It has been good to have him back this week.

‘I made sure we chatted on the first day and put that behind us immediately. It was done once we had made the decision on the October squad

‘That was it. From then on it was always going to be a judgment on football. As the week has gone on, he has been more relaxed.’

Foden came on as a substitute in last week’s friendly win against the Republic of Ireland

Ben Chilwell is facing a late fitness test with a back problem; Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are in contention to replace him.

ENGLAND (probable, 3-4-3): Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Mings; Trippier, Rice, Mount, Saka; Grealish, Kane, Foden.

Iceland (probable, 3-5-2): Runarsson; Ingason, Arnason, Eyjolfsson; Saevarsson, Sigurjonsson, Palsson, Bjarnason, Skulason; Gudmundsson, Bodvarsson.




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