Pundit believes England star is a ‘step ahead of everyone else’

Date published: Monday 11th October 2021 5:18 - Lewis Oldham

England midfielder Phil Foden

Former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has praised Manchester City and England star Phil Foden, claiming that he is a “step ahead of everyone else”.

The 21-year-old has always been highly rated going back to his days playing for Man City’s academy. He made his debut for his boyhood club during the 2017/18 season.

Foden has been a regular for City from the 2018/19 campaign onwards. He has already been able to play 130 times for the Premier League champions.

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The youngster enjoyed his campaign on a personal level last season. He grabbed 16 goals and ten assists from his 50 appearances across all competitions.

Foden has also played for England at every level from the U16s right up to the senior team.

Since making his senior debut last year, Foden has been capped nine times by England. He got on the scoresheet on Saturday as The Three Lions beat Andorra 5-0.

Gareth Southgate’s side face Hungary in their eighth World Cup qualifier in Group I on Tuesday. Agbonlahor has told talkSPORT that Foden is “the future of England“:

“I just love the way he’s a step ahead of everyone else.

“What I loved about his performance against Andorra was his passing. He’s picking out balls like you’d expect to see from Kevin De Bruyne.

“He’s versatile – we saw him against Liverpool at left midfield, he can play as false No.9, a No.10, on the right.

“He looks like he will play where he’s told to play and not sulk because he wants to play in his preferred position.

“I love him and I think he’s the future of England.

“He needs to play every game. Tomorrow night, play him, find a position for him and keep him in that team.

“For me, Foden and [Jack] Grealish are the stars of England’s future. They both need to be in the England team.

“When you see them play at Man City together, you know they pop the ball off each other, they’re both great technical players.

“So, for me, he’s a future England star and he’s the star of now as well.”

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