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England boss Gareth Southgate claims he knew Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden would be ‘special’ when he was just 15 years old.
Foden started the season strongly for City and took that form onto the international stage on Saturday, running the show from central midfield against minnows Andorra and providing two killer balls to unlock the hosts and kick off a 5-0 England win.
When asked if Foden has the potential to star at next year’s World Cup, the England boss said:
“Yeah, the only thing I am loathed to do is put any pressure on him.
“We’ve known since 15, 16 what might be possible and we are seeing that.
“His evolution at his club has been perfect, really. For lots of us we were probably waiting for him to get established in that City team, you have to say that Pep [Guardiola] has managed that really well. He is flourishing.
“We know what is possible. It was a big blow for us when he was out of the (Euro 2020) final in the end.
“The fascinating part is what that role might be and it could be any one of a number, frankly, because he’s got the ability to play in many different positions.”
Source – MEN