Phil Foden's freedom to flick depends on Southgate's England staying organised | Jonathan Liew
19-Nov-2020 17:13:44 | Guardian
As showcased against Iceland, thrilling moments of individual expression can pay off in a clearly defined, well-honed system
The best moment of England’s marathon international week came right at its very end. In the 90th minute against Iceland, with England already 4-0 ahead, Harry Maguire cleared the ball high and long towards the right touchline, where Phil Foden – already two goals to the good – gamely chased down an inevitable lost cause.
Instead, as the ball dropped from an astronomical height, Foden cheekily heel-flicked it along the touchline to himself, sending Ólafur Ingi Skúlason spinning through spacetime: a perfectly scandalous piece of skill whereupon, had it emanated from your own two feet, you would have been well within your rights to pick up the ball and never play again.
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