Phil Foden could fulfill a childhood dream if Gareth Southgate hands him his debut against Iceland or Denmark in the upcoming UEFA Nations League games.
Phil recently spoke and feels his experience at club level has left him well prepared for the challenge of international football.
“A lot of people have been pushing to play in the senior team much earlier, but I haven’t played a lot of games at City,” he said at his first England press conference.
“Recently I have been playing a lot more and doing well so I have had to work hard for the opportunity and now I have got it I’m just trying to give the best I can do and enjoy it.
“I have played in some massive games this year, like cup finals and big Champions League games. They are the games everyone wants to play in.
“Sometimes it is difficult for a young player to play in those games, but I think he’s [Guardiola] been patient with me and played me at the right times. I’m learning a lot and I feel ready to go.”
“When I was younger, every kid on the estate used to dream of playing for England and pretending they were players,” he recalled.
“Now I’m in the senior team it feels crazy. It has not really sank in. I used to think of myself playing in the team.
“Now to be here, it is a real moment. I’m just hoping I get the chance to play and the dream will come true.”
“My favourite position is central midfield,” he added.
“That’s the position where I see myself, but I have enjoyed playing off the left and right and sometimes as a false nine and scoring goals.
“It is something I can do. I feel like I’m a flexible player so I have been enjoying it. No matter where I play, I know I can do a job there.
“There are a lot of midfielders still and a lot of quality in the team. He’s [Guardiola] not just going to give me that position easily. Everyone has to train well and play well.
“It depends on me, if I am playing good enough I’ll get the shirt.”
Phil Foden seems level headed and grounded. It is refreshing to see. A city player this young and bred in Manchester be on the national team i so damn cool.
Hopefull he can make his debut and it’s the start of a long, fruitful career in the national team.