England Under-21s coach Aidy Boothroyd said it was exciting to think how good Phil Foden can eventually be after his side’s 2-0 Euro 2021 qualifying win against Kosovo.
Foden struck midway through the first half and again in stoppage time to give the scoreline a fairer reflection of England’s dominance in front of a crowd of 15,258 at the KCOM Stadium.
“He’s probably not played as well as he can do actually,” said Boothroyd after his Young Lions followed up Friday’s 3-2 win in Turkey by ensuring six points from their opening two Group Three matches.
“He’s obviously happy with his goals and that’s a mark of a good player, always wanting to be better.
“He took his goals really well and the more he plays for us, hopefully it can be a little showcase of what he can do for his club.
“If Phil keeps doing what he’s doing and keeps learning. That’s the great thing about him, he wants to be better.
“He knows he’s not as good as he can be yet and that to me is the most exciting thing about him.”
Boothroyd was disappointed his side did not turn their superiority into more goals, while an injury to Max Aarons also gave him cause for concern.
Norwich defender Aarons and Everton midfielder Tom Davies were England’s two best players, Boothroyd said.
Aarons was forced off in the 80th minute with an ankle injury after his superbly-timed last-ditch tackle thwarted Kosovo’s best second-half chance.
“Along with Tom he was outstanding tonight,” Boothroyd said. “It’s a shame he’s got himself injured. It was a brilliant block.
“That’s what you want from your players, isn’t it. Putting your body on the line. The block he made was superb.
“I don’t think it’s serious. It’s too early to tell, but it’s not a hospital job.”
Striker Eddie Nketiah pulled a shot wide and substitute Todd Cantwell’s goalbound effort was fumbled for a corner, but otherwise the Young Lions failed to create enough goalscoring chances.
“I guess that’s the only (criticism) as a coach,” Boothroyd added.
“You want to always be the best you can be and I think if we were a bit more clinical with the chances we created, then it would have been a lot easier for me, certainly on the side watching it.
“But we’re delighted to get six points on the board. We’re chasing the pack really because they’ve all played more games, so to be where we are is a lovely start.”
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Tottenham‘s new signing Tanguy Ndombele revealed that the fast-paced nature of the Premier League has been his biggest challenge since his move to the North London side.
The midfielder played a pivotal role at Lyon and claimed that Spurs’ playing style is similar to that of his former club.
However, he did admit that the Premier League games are very fast, with no time to stay calm and rest.
“They are both teams that play with the ball,” he told the Tottenham website.
“The big difference between the Premier League and Ligue 1 is the speed.
“Here in the Premier League it is always a fast paced game. The players drive forward, but in France there are periods of calm. That is the big difference.”
Ndombele also mentioned that he has not set any individual goals and will look to achieve silverware with Spurs as a team.
He added: “I’m not the kind of person who sets themselves any limits.
“We are going to try to go as far as we can and try to achieve something.
“The season is long and I hope we can achieve to the best of our abilities.”
Quique Sanchez Flores has returned to Watford for a second spell as manager after Javi Gracia was sacked with the club bottom of the Premier League.
The Spaniard is the club’s 11th managerial change in just over eight years and his appointment was confirmed just 30 minutes after his compatriot’s departure had been announced.
Sanchez Flores, 54, previously guided the club to a comfortable mid-table finish during the 2015/16 season in the club’s first season back in the Premier League.
His return was deemed necessary as the Hornets have managed to score just two goals in the current campaign and have not won in eight league matches – scoring just five times in that period – stretching back to April.
Gracia did guide the club to their first FA Cup final since 1984 but they were humiliated 6-0 by Manchester City, who equalled a 116-year record for the biggest victory in final history.
“Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements,” said chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury.
“Javi Gracia’s staff will also be leaving the club, ahead of the imminent appointment of a new coaching team.
“Everyone at the Hornets wishes Javi and his staff all the very best for the future, and they will always be welcome visitors in the future at Vicarage Road.”
Since the departure of current Burnley boss Sean Dyche in July 2012 they have gone through Gianfranco Zola, Guiseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinley (on a caretaker basis), Slavisa Jokanovic, Sanchez Flores, Walter Mazzarri, Marco Silva – who went to Everton – and now Gracia.