Euro 2024: Phil Foden Leaves Harry Kane Fuming After Failing to Pass the Ball vs Denmark

Euro 2024: Phil Foden Leaves Harry Kane Fuming After Failing to Pass the Ball vs Denmark

Rene Otinga
updated at June 21, 2024 at 4:28 AM
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  • England needed a win against Denmark to secure a place in the knockout stages of the European championships
  • The Three Lions took the lead at Frankfurt Arena on Thursday, June 20 through Harry Kane after some good work from Kyle Walker
  • Kane could have gotten a second goal before halftime, but Phil Foden decided against a through ball and instead went for goal

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Harry Kane was in disbelief after he was denied a potentially deadly pass by Phil Foden during England’s game against Denmark on Thursday, June 20.

Gareth Southgate’s side went into the game at the back of an underwhelming 1-0 win over Serbia four days earlier.

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Phil Foden went for goal instead of passing the ball to Harry Kane on Thursday, June 10. Photo: Image Photo/
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A win for The Three Lions would be enough to guarantee them a spot in the last 16 of the competition, after Slovenia and Serbia played out a dramatic 1-1 draw earlier in the day.

England took the lead through their all-time goal scorer Kane, who slotted home after from a Kyle Walker cut-back in the 18th minute.

Despite falling behind, Denmark did not panic and continued to threaten England’s goal.

Kasper Hjulmand’s side eventually got their equaliser, and it came in stunning fashion as Morten Hjulmand took a shot from 30 yards out to beat Jordan Pickford, who saw the ball a fraction of a second late, according to BBC.

Phil Foden goes for goal himself

Phil Foden was having a decent game in England colours after Southgate deployed him in his more natural position - just behind the striker.

The Manchester City star, however, had a moment to forget late in the first half as he failed to feed a crucial ball to Harry Kane when the attack was on.

The 22-year-old made a brilliant mazey run at the Denmark defence, leaving a small gap open. Harry Kane made a run in front of him, and he decided to take a shot, leaving his teammate fuming.

Foden’s decision to go for goal when there was a better option highlighted a recurring theme within the England squad—that they lacked cohesion despite the team's star-studded nature.

As reported by The Mirror, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag openly criticised Southgate’s tactics after England’s game against Serbia, accusing the Three Lions boss of lacking vision.

England draw against Denmark

Phil Foden was a consistent threat in the second half, as he saw his effort strike the post, but England succumbed to another disappointing result.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw as Gareth Southgate’s side missed the chance to secure a place in the last 16 of the competition, although they are still top of Group C.

With a large section of fans losing faith in the star-studded England team, their next opportunity to show their credentials will come against Slovenia on Tuesday, June 25.

Rio Ferdinand’s Saka suggestion

Sports Brief earlier reported Rio Ferdinand’s suggestion on Bukayo Saka’s playing position for England.

The former Manchester United man sensationally suggested Saka should play as a left-back for England if there was no one to fill in for the injured Luke Shaw.

At the start of his professional career at Arsenal, Saka played as a left-back under Unai Emery before eventually graduating to more advanced areas of the pitch.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and