Anthony Gordon and Phil Foden controversy as legendary broadcaster makes bold Newcastle United decision

Anthony Gordon of England during the international friendly match between England and Iceland at Wembley Stadium on June 07, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)Anthony Gordon of England during the international friendly match between England and Iceland at Wembley Stadium on June 07, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Anthony Gordon of England during the international friendly match between England and Iceland at Wembley Stadium on June 07, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Anthony Gordon has been tipped to start England’s Euro 2024 opener against Serbia

Jeff Stelling would pick Anthony Gordon ahead of Premier League superstars Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka for England.

The Three Lions kick off their Euro 2024 campaign against Serbia on Sunday. Despite being named as one of the pre-tournament favourites, England travel to Germany in poor nick, winning just one from five. 

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They were stunned 1-0 by Iceland in their final warm-up game before the highly-anticipated opener this weekend. Newcastle United star Gordon is yet to taste victory from his three international caps so far.

A stellar season at St James’ Park - as well as impressing during the under-21 Euros last summer - has propelled the 23-year-old into the England picture. Gordon was arguably England’s best player in the Iceland defeat and Wayne Rooney backed him to start against Serbia after the game.

Legendary broadcaster Stelling agrees - and would controversially leave out Player of the Season Foden. Arsenal talisman Saka was also snubbed, with Chelsea sensation Cole Palmer being given the nod.

“My front three is going to be a bit controversial,” Stelling told talkSPORT. “I am going to pick Palmer just ahead of Bukayo Saka. Saka has had a bit of a knock, not quite back to 100% I think, Palmer showed enough against Iceland.

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“Palmer, Kane and Anthony Gordon, who I thought was our biggest threat for most of the night. He has been in brilliant form, and everybody is going to batter me because there is no Phil Foden.

“But Foden, four goals in 34 games for England. I think Gareth Southgate and his staff are scratching their heads as to how to get the best out of Phil Foden for England.”

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