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Phil Foden wins Golden Ball award at FIFA U-17 World Cup; Pep Guardiola responds

Phil Foden was outstanding throughout England’s FIFA U-17 World Cup winning campaign and capped it off with two goals today as the Young Lions thrashed Spain 5-2 in the final, coming back from 2-0 down.

The 17-year-old midfielder from Stockport is perhaps the pick of the bunch in City’s talent-filled academy, and is already on the fringes of Pep Guardiola’s first team. Pep confirmed that Foden would have played a part against Wolves in the Carabao Cup, but they decided to leave him in India at the World Cup, believing that to be better for his long-term development.

And as is often the case, Pep was right as Foden played a starring role in today’s final. His performances made him the official Golden Ball winner of the U-17 World Cup, which recognises him as the tournament’s best player.

Guardiola beamed when he was told about Foden scoring twice. Catalan newspaper SPORT tonight labelled Phil the ‘Spoiled Child of Guardiola’, not a derogatory remark like it may seem, but a way of expressing how highly Pep thinks of him.

Despite being just 17 years of age, Foden is showing remarkable ability and it seems only a matter of time before he becomes a regular presence in the Manchester City first team fold.

World champions can’t believe it also delighted to be named MVP ❤️🇬🇧 @england

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