Pep Guardiola told England boss Gareth Southgate he’s got an “incredible” talent on his hands in Phil Foden.
Guardiola has no doubt that Foden is now ready to fill the hole that David Silva’s imminent departure will generate and tipped him to shine on the England side of Southgate.
“Every manager around the world wants to work with good players,” said Guardiola, who coached Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
“The success we have as coaches is because we train outstanding talented players and Phil is one of them.”
He thus said that Southgate, who had yet to debut Foden, had an “incredible talent on his hands for the national team.”
Foden, long tipped by City manager Guardiola for stardom but slowly eased into practice in recent years, has struck four times after the Premier League resumed after the coronavirus shutdown.
The 20-year-old scored his fourth goal in three games for Manchester City in the Premier League.
The City manager said: “As a midfield player, a winger, and even as a striker, we can count on him because he has an amazing sense of goal and a dream.”
The midfielder yielded another outstanding display as City on Thursday humbled newly crowned Liverpool champions 4-0.
Foden formed a formidable triumvirate with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling as Liverpool was swept aside at the Etihad a week after they celebrated their first title in 30 years.
The England Under-21 international teed up the second for Sterling before finishing off a slick move to score the third when he took De Bruyne in his step with a flicked return pass.
City seemed to have a point to prove after surrendering the title to Liverpool, but Guardiola did not see it that way, preferring to concentrate on coming Into Cup and Champions League games.
“When a team wins eight of the ten (domestic) titles they’ve played for, one game against Liverpool doesn’t need to convince me they ‘re hungry,” he said.