Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Phil Foden needed an automatic pick for England in this year’s delayed European Championship following this year’s outstanding season. The 20-year-old midfielder scored his eighth goal of the season City beat Premier League struggling Brighton 1-0 On Wednesday – his seventh consecutive win in all competitions. City climbed to third place in table, just four points behind leaders Manchester united And Liverpool followed a point with a game in hand on the champion.
Guardiola praised his young match winner, who is the city’s leading goalscorer this season.
“In the last few days, Phil has played against (Chelsea’s Caesar) Azpilicueta, who was one of the most incredible defenders in the Premier League, and was outstanding,” he said.
“this was it Same (against Manchester United). I am sure that if he were me, I would have opted for England.
“(England manager) Gareth (Southgate), I don’t know, but I’m sure he was really impressed by all of us.”
Foden became famous for the first time when England won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and earned three senior caps since then.
Guardiola said, “He is a guy with a special tendency close to the target, not only with the left foot, but with the right foot.”
“He deserves to play. His standards are high. I think he lives his life 24 hours to play football.”
“When you see his face he is happy to be in training sessions and playing games. When that happens everybody else looks into his performance.”
Foden said he was enjoying the responsibility given to him by Guardiola, adding that City were back in the grooves after a slow start to the season.
“It definitely feels like we’re back to our best,” he said. “We have taken confidence from some of the previous results.”
Topics mentioned in this article