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Southgate explains why Man City pair Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling start for England vs Hungary

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden has edged out Jordan Henderson in the England line-up as he offers a different profile to the Liverpool captain.

That’s the message from Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate after he selected five players with Etihad Stadium connections for tonight’s World Cup qualifier vs Hungary (7.45pm).

A shining light against Andorra on Saturday night, Foden has retained his place in the team alongside John Stones as Southgate, otherwise, makes nine changes.

Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and £100million City signing Jack Grealish are among those to return.

Speaking about his team selection, the England manager said: “[Picking the team was] Not simple because we’ve got really important players like Jordan Henderson that’s been a fantastic player with us and still is a part of what we do, but we wanted to look at a different profile.

“We saw that a bit the other night, but against a better level of opponent it’s better to see it.

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“We’re intrigued to see Phil [Foden] and Mason [Mount] in those attacking midfield roles, it’s an exciting front-line and we should have a lot of the ball so, for us, it is to make Hungary defend. Of course we will be a little bit lighter without the ball, but that’s the balance we need to find.”

On his decision to start Sterling, Southgate added: “Yes completely [straight-forward], he’s an important player for us. His goals for us have been the difference for so long, we’ve got total faith in him.”

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