Phil Foden voted BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year after memorable 2017

Manchester City rising star Phil Foden has been voted the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year at tonight’s award ceremony in Liverpool.

Foden was named the best player at this year’s U-17 World Cup in India as he inspired England to the trophy, and also made a breakthrough to the star-studded Manchester City first-team, earning his full debut in the Champions League and appearing off the bench against Tottenham at the weekend.

Nicknamed the ‘Stockport Iniesta’, Foden has risen through the ranks of the City academy and is the finest example of the work that has been done at youth level in recent years.

Interviewed by us at City Watch earlier this year, Phil said his aim was to “become a regular player in the first team in the next couple of years” – and he is on the right path.

Asked about being awarded the Golden Ball (best player award) at the U-17 World Cup, Phil said: “It meant everything to me but I want to thank my team-mates because without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.

“I feel very lucky to be part of a great team – I want to thank all the players, staff and my mum and dad for making this possible.”

He also got to meet celebrity City fan Noel Gallagher, who performed at the event!

Congratulations to Phil Foden on his achievement!

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