Phil Foden is set to be included in the senior England squad for the first time for this month’s friendly fixtures against Italy and Denmark following the youngster’s Man of the Match performance in the Carabao Cup final.
The Manchester City midfielder is regarded as one of the finest young talents in English football but has struggled for regular game time at the Premier League champions this season, though provided a reminder of his qualities with a starring display in the win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Foden provided an assist and was named as the best player on the pitch as Pep Guardiola’s side secured a third successive League Cup with a 2-1 victory, and according to the Telegraph, the 19-year-old is now likely to be included in the national squad later this month.
Phil Foden has been directly involved in nine goals in his 10 starts for Manchester City this season in all competitions [two goals & seven assists].
— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) March 1, 2020
The teenager is hopeful of impressing Gareth Southgate between now and the end of the season as he bids to make the squad for this summer’s European Championships, England currently assessing a host of creative midfield talents including Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
Foden was part of the U17 side which won the World Cup three years ago and has since progressed to the U21 side, however, a lack of appearances at the Etihad has hindered his chances of a senior call-up with the midfielder having made just 10 starts in all competitions so far this season.
Despite that lack of minutes, however, Southgate may now opt to take a closer look at one of the nation’s most talented young players ahead of March’s international fixtures at Wembley.