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.
OFFICIAL: Phil Foden has won the Golden Ball at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
A star in the making. pic.twitter.com/m899QUrTUh
— City Watch (@City_Watch) October 28, 2017
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.
Pep when informed @PhilFoden has scored twice: "What position did he play because when he comes back I'm going to play him there."
— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) October 28, 2017
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.