“England doesn’t make players like Foden and that’s why he’s so exciting”: Jamie Carragher is delighted with the Man City star’s performance against Iceland … as Roy Keane compares him to Paul Scholes
- Phil Foden played for England when they sealed the 4-0 win over Iceland
- Jamie Carragher believes Gareth Southgate has rare English talent on his hands
- The Man City midfielder scored a brace, assisted and showed great touches
Jamie Carragher believes Gareth Southgate has a rare English talent in Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.
Foden impressed when the three Lions beat Iceland 4-0 in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday night.
The 20-year-old scored England’s third and fourth goals at Wembley – his first at international level – helping Declan Rice’s opener and showing some great goals.
Phil Foden played for England when they beat Iceland 4-0 at Wembley
Jamie Carragher believes Gareth Southgate has a rare English talent in Foden
The Manchester City midfielder scored a brace and assisted in the England opener
Foden has been recalled by Southgate for this month’s internationals after being sent home in Iceland in September for violating coronavirus protocols. Former England defender Carragher has praised the youngster’s talents.
‘He’s just a good player. Wherever he is, he can probably handle the ball as well as anyone else on the English team, ”he said Sky Sports.
‘England don’t make players like Foden and that’s why he’s so exciting. I think he could play the part [Mason] Mount played tonight too.
‘The good thing for me was having four good attackers on this field. It was nice to see players interacting who looked like they wanted to play. ‘
Foden’s first goal was a one-touch clinical finish in the box while his second came from afar, and Carragher believes it is refreshing when Foden tries his luck from afar.
“I think a lot of players are probably discouraged from shooting from distance, scoring the goals they expected and getting really technical ideas,” he added.
Foden scored his first international goal by shooting the ball deep into the bottom corner
“We don’t see it as often as before, [Paul] Scholes, [Steven] Gerrard, [Frank] Lampard hits so many shots in a game but he definitely looks like he has the ability to hit the ball neatly from this distance.
‘Phil is perfect at getting in on that left foot, that’s a big part of his armory as a player. He says he wants to improve it so we know it’s in his head. ‘
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane praised Foden’s Wednesday night performance, comparing it to United legend Scholes.
Roy Keane praised Foden’s portrayal and compared him to the Man United legend, Paul Scholes
Scholes won 66 international matches in England and scored several important goals in midfield during his career
“I love that first goal, we’re talking about pitting runs at the end, a bit like Paul Scholes used to do. Sometimes it’s about standing still and that’s football intelligence, ”he said ITV.
‘He’s 20 years old. Excellent performance. He made a mistake a few months ago. He will be happy about it. He’s a great prospect. ‘
Foden thanked manager Southgate for being given a chance of redemption in defeating Iceland after falling out of favor on his previous assignment.
“It was one of the toughest moments of my life to be honest,” said Foden. “During this time you need the trust of your managers, and Gareth had a lot of respect for me to play and trust me. It means everything. I’m just happy to pay him back with the goals and play well.
“I was determined to come back and do my best. I was a little nervous but enjoyed it a lot. My first goals for England mean a lot to me. I just couldn’t stop smiling. It was an amazing feeling. When you score a goal, your confidence is high. I scored the second goal well from outside the box. ‘
It was an unforgettable night for the 20-year-old when he lit up Wembley lawn with his display