Phil Foden 'to START for England against Iceland'

Phil Foden ‘to START for England against Iceland… with boss Gareth Southgate ready to hand Manchester City midfielder his senior debut’

  • England take on Iceland in their first Nations League game on Saturday night
  • Sky reported that Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden will start the game
  • Foden enjoyed a breakout year at City and is now set for a senior England debut 

Phil Foden ‘will be handed his first England senior start against Iceland’ as Gareth Southgate prepares to freshen his side up for their first match in 10 months. 

Sky Sports report that 20-year-old Foden will make his senior Three Lions debut from the start on Saturday night.

His involvement in the squad for the Nations League double header against Iceland and Denmark is the first time he has been selected for Southgate’s senior group.  

Phil Foden will reportedly start on his first start for England when they take on Iceland

Gareth Southgate is set to shake-up his side for England’s first match in the last 10 months

Foden’s debut for the senior side will see him become the third member of the Under-17 side that successfully won the World Cup in 2017. 

Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi have already made the transition to the senior side.  

Foden enjoyed a breakout year at Manchester City having remained patient under boss Pep Guardiola. 

The young midfielder made 38 appearances for the Premier League runners’ up in 2019-20 and scored eight goals. 

Foden has made an impression on the group in what is his first senior England call-up

Speaking this week in the build-up to the Iceland game, Foden insisted that his experience winning the World Cup with the U17 side can have real benefits in the senior set-up.

‘The medal is still in my cabinet at home,’ Foden 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.’

Foden enjoyed a break-out 2019-20 season for Manchester City as he made 38 appearances

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