‘Phil Foden becomes England’s greatest player if he continues at the same pace’

Phil Foden will become “arguably the greatest English player” if he continues in the same vein.

That’s according to former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, who was speaking after Foden came off the bench to help Pep Guardiola’s side to a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

But then Guardiola made three second-half substitutes and it was Foden who had a monumental impact.

Just 80 seconds after entering the fray, he received the ball on the half-turn, dribbled towards goal and threaded a delicious pass for Kevin De Bruyne to send away the winner.

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It was pretty much Foden’s first touch and he provided the most notable quality moment. In the mood, he then went to jostle two players as if they were not there after receiving the ball on the right.

Foden went from strength to strength after rising through the club ranks and breaking into Guardiola’s squad.

Capped 15 times for his country, the 21-year-old is now a England regular under Gareth Southgate and looks set to play a starring role at his first World Cup in November.

Lescott, who has won two titles with City, is a huge fan of Foden and says with his skills and mentality he has the potential to become England’s greatest ever player.

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“Phil Foden is associated with Man City and I know what it means to him to play for the club,” Lescott said on BT Sports.

“If he continues at this rate, he becomes the best English player of all time with two trophies per season.

“His mentality sets him apart. If you compare him to someone like Wayne Rooney, you can see players who get injured when they don’t win. He’s obsessed, I like what I do but he has to do it.

“We had to take the balls out of the hotel because you couldn’t get him out of the training ground because he wants to improve all the time.”

Foden scored 42 goals in 159 appearances for his boyhood club and won the PFA Young Player of the Year award last season for his most productive campaign.

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