WAYNE ROONEY wants Gareth Southgate to play BOTH Phil Foden and Jack Grealish at the Euros.
Wayne Rooney says Phil Foden and Jack Grealish must both start at the EurosCredit: AFP – Getty
Gareth Southgate may only have room for one in his systemCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Foden, 20, has dazzled for Manchester City, while Rooney is also adamant Aston Villa skipper Grealish, 25, is top class.
Rooney said: “Foden’s been one of the Premier League’s best players this season — Guardiola’s managed him really well.
“He’s very entertaining and should just keep on doing what he’s doing. But there’s Jack Grealish, too.
“They bring something different to the national team and they just have to be in the squad for the Euros. And, arguably, they have to play. Because they’re THAT good.”
While ex-Manchester United star Rooney is confident Foden and Grealish can shine on the international stage, the duo must continue to show they have learnt lessons from recent off-the-field mistakes.
Foden missed three England games after being sent home from Iceland by boss Southgate in September for flouting Covid-19 rules by inviting girls back to his hotel room.
And Grealish was fined by Villa and apologised for breaking national coronavirus lockdown guidelines in March.
But Rooney, who netted a record 53 times in 120 games for his country, reckons three-cap Foden has the temperament to become a senior star.
England legend Rooney says Grealish and Foden are both good enough to command starting placesCredit: PA:Press Association
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Rookie Derby manager Rooney, 35, added: “I saw him at City when my lad used to train there.
“Phil would be there picking his brother up but what you want is the first-team players being around the academy kids.
“I spoke to Phil a couple of times and you could see he’s a real level-headed lad.”