Phil Foden confident young stars can steer England to major tournament success

Phil Foden is ready to become an England star and help lead the country to some long overdue silverware.

A fine end to the season with Manchester City led to the highly-rated 20-year-old receiving his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.

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Since starring in England’s Under-17 World Cup triumph three years ago, it has been a case of when rather than if Foden would step up to the Three Lions squad – and hopefully add something unique to the midfield.

The playmaker has tried “not to read too much into” the hype and expectation in that period, with the City star focused on making his mark for the national team.

“I want to try and keep the shirt and play in England for many years,” Foden said. “I feel like as a team we can go much further than what we have in the past.

“I feel really confident with the way we’re going and the players that we’ve got. We need to start winning tournaments and I’m hoping in the future we can do that.”

Foden is looking to follow Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi in becoming the third member of that triumphant Under-17 World Cup squad to make their senior England debut.

“The medal is still in my cabinet at home,” Foden, who also won the Golden Ball for his performances in India, said.

“If you win youth tournaments when you’re younger, it can give you the experience to go and win one in the first team.

“I feel like the World Cup definitely helped me to play on the big stage and not feel the pressure as much.

“I’ve played many big games at Man City now and I’ve learned to cope with the fans and pressure. I feel like definitely it helps you.”

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Foden is hoping to make his senior debut this weekend in England’s first meeting with Iceland since their fateful Euro 2016 clash in Nice.

That 2-1 last-16 loss is one of the worst results in the Three Lions’ history, but things have moved on immeasurably since then in terms of personnel and belief under Southgate’s tutelage.

Asked if he has any fear, anxiety or pressure coming into this camp, Foden said: “No, we’re a young team and nothing fazes us. We just go out and play our football.

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