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Gareth Southgate explains why Manchester City duo are not in England squad

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The England national team manager Gareth Southgate has explained why Kyle Walker and Phil Foden would miss the England squad games for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

However, he has stressed both Manchester City players are in his future plans for the national team.

Walker has missed September’s matches when Southgate wanted to see Keiran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the game.

Even Wan-Bissaka’s injury didn’t make the manager bring Walker to the arena.

Commenting on his decision, Southgate said: “I said last month that we wanted to look at a couple of the other fullbacks, different sort of profile and I was really happy with what Kieran and Trent did in their matches. They’re both in good form for their club, Kyle is also in good form; Kyle is a slightly more defensive fullback, has good qualities with the ball but the other two boys we felt did well last month and didn’t feel the decision to change would be the right one.”

Though Foden has scored against Dinamo Zagreb, Southgate said it’s too early for the young player to take part in fixtures against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

The manager told the 19-year-old will have the chance to show his abilities in the future, as he is in the proper place for developing: “Every player has a different journey. Some go straight into a Premier League team, others have been in the lower divisions and worked their way up, and Tammy Abraham has been at a big club and then had the loan moves. There’s no perfect path, it doesn’t exist. It’s different for them all. Phil Foden’s training with great players every day. He’s still young and developing physically, and sometimes it’s not right to put them in too soon. You can’t put young players in just to put young players in. We’ve only put them in because we think they’re good enough.”

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