It has been a fantastic year for the English youth setup as the U-17 team joined the U-20s as they both won the respective World Cups. The U-17 matched the U-20s as they came back from two goals behind, to rattle up Spain 5-2. The Young Lions avenged the European final defeat against the same opponent at a bigger stage. The star of the tournament was Manchester City’s Phil Foden, who scored two in the final. The number 7 has become a common name for everyone there and so is his boss Pep Guardiola impressed.
Guardiola is impressed
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was shown a visual of Foden’s performance after City continued their winning run by beating West Brom 3-2, Guardiola was altogether impressed by his lad’s performance. Foden was named the player of the tournament in India.
“What position did he play? Because when he’s coming back I’m going to play him in this position,” Guardiola told reporters.
“Phil has been with us since the beginning of the season and played unbelievable against Manchester United and Real Madrid. He trains with us every single day. He’s just 17 but he is a player in our squad.
“He’s in the locker room every day with the guys — it’s the best way to learn from the experienced guys that have played at a high level,” he added.
Importance of the World Cup
Guardiola was happy that the youngster played in a tournament of that structure and emerged with flying colors.
“It’s so important for Manchester City that he is playing in a high level,” he said.
“He’s played a World Cup — England will be World Champions in that age.
“When that guy will grow and play in a World Cup in the future, he has lived that situation before and knows what he has to do,” he further asserted his happiness.
The locals in India believe that Phil Foden would be that star to look out in the future. Foden had put in some scintillating performances and was a crowd favorite from the first match itself. Foden featured heavily in the pre-season for City against Real Madrid and United, where he was impressive. Basically a Central Midfielder, Foden was an unused substitute in the Premier League games against Brighton, Everton, and Liverpool. Thus it is obvious as Guardiola said, the 17-year-old is more or less likely to feature in the season very soon.