Manchester City’s Phil Foden is an ‘absolute genius’ and England boss Gareth Southgate needs to utilise him a lot more. That is the view of former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock, speaking after the Three Lions’ shock defeat on Tuesday night. The Manchester City attacker has managed only 24 minutes of his country’s four games in this competition thus far. And Warnock believes that starting him more regularly could be the key to unlocking Tottenham Hotspur and England captain Harry Kane up front.
Earlier this year, Manchester City icon Sergio Aguero admitted that the 22-year-old was his favourite player in world football at the moment, illustrating the youngster’s class. And Warnock is right – he does play for City under Pep Guardiola. This is someone who started 24 of his 28 Premier League appearances this past season as Guardiola’s side won the title. So given that he’s struggling to even get a cameo appearance of the bench for his country is, as Warnock mentioned, a little bizarre.
Foden will be looking to have a brilliant pre-season with Manchester City in preparation for next season as he looks to further cement his position in Pep Guardiola’s squad.