Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Foden's Big Impression Leaves Boss Delighted

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Foden's Big Impression Leaves Boss Delighted

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PEP Guardiola was delighted with Phil Foden's performance as City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield.

Foden, 18, was the only youngster that had featured on the pre-season tour to retain his place in the starting lineup at Wembley, and looked at home among more senior colleagues.

The Stockport youngster fizzed with confidence in the middle of the pitch, and one of his marauding runs led to the first goal when he teed up Sergio Aguero to fire home.

Foden was left out of the England squad for the Under-19 European Championships this summer, and the decision was made early not to send him on loan for the season because it is believed he can make an impact at the Etihad.

Asked if he could now be considered a first-team player, Guardiola replied: "Yeah, he was last season. …

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