Phil Foden Profile
|Born||May 28, 2000|
|Birthplace||Stockport, United Kingdom|
Foden is a Premier League footballer who plays for Manchester City and the England national team.
Foden has been nicknamed "The Stockport Iniesta" in reference to the Barcelona legend, who scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.
It is testament to the young City midfielder's ability that he has been compared to Iniesta, who was considered to be one of the greatest footballers of his generation. Indeed, Foden too is widely regarded as one of his generation's finest.
Pep Guardiola, who coached Iniesta at Barcelona and is currently Foden's boss at City said of the young midfield maestro: "He has everything to become one of the best players.
"I have said many times in press conferences, but maybe not said it in front of him, Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager.
"His only problem is sometimes his manager doesn't put him in the starting XI. Hopefully in the future that can improve."
Phil Foden and Manchester City
Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, Foden was a boyhood Manchester City supporter and joined the club at U9 level.
The left-footed midfielder played for City in the final of the 2016/17 FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea, scoring in the first leg. However, Chelsea were the eventual winners of the tournament.
The 2016/17 U18 Premier League saw Foden score 11 times for City, establishing himself as one of the club's brightest prospects -- indeed one of his country's too.
Guardiola included Foden in his squad for the UEFA Champions League clash with Celtic in December 2016, with the Catalan manager making an early statement of intent with regards to the young English midfielder's future prospects.
Ultimately, the match finished in a 1-1 draw and Foden was an unused substitute, but he did not let that deter him or hinder his progress.
In July 2017, Foden was included in City's first team squad for their pre-season tour of the United States. He performed well in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United and started a 4-1 win over Real Madrid.
Foden replaced Yaya Toure off the bench in a UEFA Champions League clash with Feyenoord to make his senior Manchester City debut on 21 November 2017.
On 6 December of that year, Foden became the youngest English player to start a Champions League match at the age of 17 years and 192 days. He broke the record previously held by former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran. City lost the match 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk.
On 25 February 2018, Foden came on as a substitute for Sergio Aguero in City's 3-0 League Cup final win over Arsenal. At the end of the season, he became the youngest ever player to win a Premier League medal, as he made a total of five appearances in City's record-breaking campaign - the only one which has ever seen a Premier League outfit amass 100 points.
In the 2018/19 season, Foden's involvement in the team became more central. He made a total of 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals. City retained their Premier League and League Cup titles and also won the FA Cup, meaning that they picked up a domestic treble.
Foden scored his first Premier League goal on 20 April 2019 in a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the third-youngest player to score for the club.
The 2019/20 season was a largely disappointing one for City as Liverpool beat them to the Premier League title and they were eliminated by Olympique Lyon in a shock UEFA Champions League quarter-final exit.
However, Foden's involvement in the team increased and he won the Community Shield and the League Cup. He was man of the match in the final of the latter as City beat Aston Villa 2-1. In total, Foden played 38 games in 2019/20 and registered eight goals and nine assists.
The 2020/21 season saw Foden's involvement increase yet more in an injury-hit City squad as he helped them on a 21-match winning streak. City soared clear at the top of the Premier League table after a difficult start to the campaign.
Speaking to CityTV, Foden highlighted that his ambition is to finish what he has started in his career. He said: "I want to be the one to win the most medals in my career," Foden has told CityTV.
"That's my aim. I always want to be the best player in the world, that's for everyone, but I want to try and win as many trophies as possible and be the most decorated player.
"I am going to give it my best shot and I know I am going to try my hardest."
Phil Foden and England national team
Foden scored in the final of the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship as England suffered defeat to Spain on penalties. Nevertheless, England bounced back and Foden scored twice in the final of the U17 World Cup against Spain as England won the tournament. Foden was named best player of the tournament.
At the 2019 UEFA U21 Championships, Foden scored his first goal at that age level for England in a 2-1 defeat to France.
Foden made his senior debut for the England national team on 5 September 2020 in a 1-0 away UEFA Nations League victory over Iceland.
Two days later, Foden and Mason Greenwood were axed from England's squad for breaking COVID-19 protocols, bringing at least one guest into England's hotel.
Phil Foden personal life
In January 2019, Foden became a father as his girlfriend, Rebecca Cooke, gave birth to a son, Ronnie.
"I was there for the birth. I walked out of the room, gave it a little tear and then went back in like nothing happened," he said at the time, speaking to Manchester City.
"I'm not one for crying in front of people. I like to be on my own, but I was there in the room, watched it happen and it was a special moment.
"Your life changes."
Foden said of balancing his career with fatherhood: "There are things you miss when you're not there because you've got an away game.
"I was there when he started crawling, but I think I was in London when he started to walk.
"Now he's getting about and walking everywhere, so you have to have eyes in the back of your head or he starts running off.
"It's unfortunate to miss things like that but it's a sacrifice that he'll appreciate when he's older."
Phil Foden net worth
According to Spotrac, Foden earns £12,000 per week at Manchester City, which amounts to an annual salary of £624,000.