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Gareth Southgate is considering being the first to call Phil Foden England after the Carabao Cup final

Gareth Southgate considers calling Phil Foden in England for the first time after Manchester City starlet’s man of the Carabao Cup final match

  • Manchester City star Phil Foden may receive his first call-in in England this month
  • Foden impressed England assistant Steve Holland in the Carabao Cup final
  • Three Lions boss Gareth had chosen to see Everton Manchester United play

Gareth Southgate is seriously considering giving Phil Foden a first call-in this month.

The teenager shone for England assistant Steve Holland in Wembley when Manchester City lifted a third consecutive Carabao Cup title on Sunday.

Southgate, who had chosen to watch Everton’s draw with Manchester United, has been debating including Foden for quite some time.

Phil Foden of Manchester City is the man of the match award after the Carabao Cup final

Phil Foden of Manchester City is the man of the match award after the Carabao Cup final

A lack of regular start for City means that this has not yet been successful, but England may find it difficult to ignore the continued progression of their Under 21 star.

The Three Lions face Italy and Denmark in two home-friendly games during the next international break and Foden could become a wildcard option for the European summer championship.

“Of course I want to be there, but it’s very difficult with the players we have,” said Foden.

Gareth Southgate chose to see Everton Manchester United play in Goodison Park

Gareth Southgate chose to see Everton Manchester United play in Goodison Park

Gareth Southgate chose to see Everton Manchester United play in Goodison Park

“Hopefully Gareth watched the final and saw things he liked. That’s all I can do, just show what I can do every time I play and see where it takes me.

“We haven’t spoken much, but Gareth has said in a few places that he is watching me closely.”

Pep Guardiola will probably give Foden an 11th start to the season when City is confronted with Sheffield in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening. The 19-year-old has waited patiently for an occasion, with Guardiola criticized for dealing with the wonderful teenager.

“I became quite frustrated, but after a few months I started to get the hang of it,” said Foden. “Then I felt at ease and as if I belonged there.”


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