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Phil Foden confident Bellingham will become ‘best in the world’

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Phil Foden confident Bellingham will become 'best in the world'
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Jude Bellingham was influential in yesterday’s win against Ghana.

Jude Bellingham was instrumental in England’s 3-0 win over Senegal last night.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world and has been crucial in England’s success so far in the World Cup.

Phil Foden who assisted twice last night praised Bellingham for his contribution to the Three Lions.

Foden responded: “I don’t wanna big him up too much because he’s still young, but mate, he’s one of the most gifted players I’ve ever seen. I don’t see a weakness in his game.

“I think he’s got everything and I’m sure he’s gonna be the best midfielder in the world for sure.”

Later, Phil Foden spoke about his own performance last night against Ghana.

“Yeah it was important to show everyone my game, you know. I was always speaking on bringing my club form into international (fixtures) and I felt tonight was probably my best England game that I’ve played, so I’m really happy.”

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Phil Foden sung the praises of Man City target Jude Bellingham

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Phil Foden sung the praises of Man City target Jude Bellingham
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Foden feels Bellingham gonna be the best midfielder in the world for sure.

Phil Foden admired his England teammate Jude Bellingham after an impressive performance in World Cup 2022. England beat Senegal 3-0 in the World Cup last 16 and Foden shared his lofty opinions of the 19-year-old.

Bellingham was instrumental again for the Three Lions as they eventually made light work of Senegal, but crucially helped England into the lead against the run of play after a disappointing first-half performance.

The Borussia Dortmund star is one of the best midfielders in Europe, but Foden – who assisted twice on the night – went one further than that.

Asked post-match by ITV to sum up Bellingham’s performance, Foden responded: “I don’t wanna big him up too much because he’s still young, but mate, he’s one of the most gifted players I’ve ever seen. I don’t see a weakness in his game.

“I think he’s got everything and I’m sure he’s gonna be the best midfielder in the world for sure.”

Foden discussed his own performance: “Yeah it was important to show everyone my game, you know. I was always speaking on bringing my club form into international (fixtures) and I felt tonight was probably my best England game that I’ve played, so I’m really happy.”

Asked if he had sensed Bukayo Saka for his second assist, Foden explained: “Yeah I’d seen him in the box and I seen (Kalidou) Koulibaly come across and managed to get the ball through his legs.

“You know Bukayo’s really good at that, you know, being in the right place at the right time and I was happy that I found him.”

England will face defending champions France on 10 December in the quarter-final of the World Cup.

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John Stones labels Foden as ‘frightening’ after World Cup display

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John Stones labels Foden as 'frightening' after World Cup display
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John Stones claims Foden is the best player he’s seen at his age.

Phil Foden started the final group game against Wales as he missed out on the first two games in the World Cup.

John Stones, his club and country teammate, believes Foden is an asset to the English team.

Foden is battling for his place against Senegal at the World Cup.

“I had never seen anyone like Phil, anyone at that age, with his ability, his football knowledge, his freedom in how he plays and how he expresses himself and the ability that he’s got is frightening,” Stones said.

“I’m a huge fan of Phil. Lucky to get to play with him pretty much every day and I look forward to what he can do and love playing with him.

“I’m extremely lucky, City are extremely lucky, England as well that we’ve got someone like that and I want to help through whatever it might be and make sure he gets what he needs on and off the pitch that allows him to go and play like he did the other night.”

 

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Sheffield United set to lose highly-rated youngster Kylan Midwood to Man City

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Sheffield United set to lose highly-rated youngster Kylan Midwood to Man City

The chance to join Man City is a great opportunity for Midwood.

Manchester City are looking to grab highly-rated youngster Kylan Midwood from Sheffield United.

The Premier League winners have been very aggressive with their youth recruitment over the years, as they look to secure the top players in the country to join their academy and progress through the ranks.

And, it appears that they are set to bring in Midwood, as reporter Fabrizio Romano revealed City had seen off competition from a host of top-flight clubs to land the Blades teenager.

“Manchester City have agreed to sign U15 Sheffield United top talent Kylan Midwood. They have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle to the signing. City want to develop and sign the best young British talent and offer pathway to first team football.”

The Yorkshire side will have a big blow, who have an excellent record at bringing through quality players in their recent history.

The most notable success stories from the Blades academy include Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire who are currently starring for England in Qatar as they aim to win the World Cup.

The chance to join Man City is a great opportunity for Midwood and you can understand why he is making the move.

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Man City could face stiff competition for Red Bull Leipzig ace Josko Gvardiol

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Man City could face stiff competition for Red Bull Leipzig ace Josko Gvardiol

Gvardiol’s current contract at the Red Bull Arena will expire in the summer of 2027.

According to the fresh report from Fichajes, Manchester City could face stiff competition for Red Bull Leipzig ace Josko Gvardiol. It has been reported that the Cityzens will have to face task with Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona in the race to land the Croatia international.

The 20-year-old is having a solid campaign for both his club and country as he has managed to produce a series of dominant displays on the defensive third of the pitch.

He has made 19 appearances for the Bundesliga club this season, scoring one goal across all competitions.

Gvardiol’s current contract at the Red Bull Arena will expire in the summer of 2027. Mancunian giants will have to launch a mammoth offer if they are serious about recruiting the Croatia international next year.

Gvardiol is a bright young defender who is only going to get better with each season. Pep Guardiola should move in for the Croatian during the January transfer window or next summer as he will improve his defensive options for the long run.

However, Gvardiol is still quite raw and would need time to prove his worth in English football if Man City can find a way to bring him to the Etihad Stadium next year.

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Gareth Southgate makes an admission on Phil Foden

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Gareth Southgate makes an admission on Phil Foden
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Phil Foden has started the final group game against Wales.

The Man City playmaker was seen on the bench in England’s 0-0 draw against USA in their last game.

On that night, England lacked a creative spark and would have been the perfect candidate to unlock the stubborn USA defence.

But England manager Gareth Southgate claims that a lot of pressure is been shouldered on the 22-year-old City star.

“We have to be careful because we are putting a lot of pressure on him now,” he said.

“We’re a team and we need all of the players and they can all play a part but not any one of them is the reason we will win or lose. And we need to make sure we are not building Phil into a situation where actually if he steps on the pitch this is becoming really difficult for him because the level of expectation is beyond a young guy who is still establishing himself.”

“Internationally, in a different environment from his club where you’re comfortable with all the players you play with, it’s really distinctive, you’re going home every night, you’re calm with everything else. This is still a unique environment.

“He is still a really young player and he’s doing brilliantly well and we love him to bits. We also have got to look after him a bit as well.”

 

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Jack Grealish assures Southgate doesn’t have a problem with Phil Foden

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Jack Grealish assures Southgate doesn't have a problem with Phil Foden
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Jack Grealish confirms England manager has no animosity with Phil Foden.

Foden managed only 19 minutes so far in the World Cup despite being one of the star players in the England squad.

England are one of the best attacking sides in this tournament and some players are struggling to make it to the first XI squad.

Grealish told BBC Sport: ‘People always used to say, ‘Ah, he’s got a problem with Jack’ last year or two years ago, and then I come on and it’s like, ‘Oh, he likes Jack now, who is it next?’.

‘And then I know people were saying, ‘He doesn’t like Madders (James Maddison)’ and now Madders is in, so it’s fine with him, and then Phil didn’t play, so it’s like, ‘He’s got a problem with Phil’.

‘He hasn’t got a problem with anyone. He speaks to all of us the same.

‘If you’re not playing – Phil didn’t play the other night – he’s still the same with Phil as he is with me, when I came on, or Harry Kane.

‘He’s not got a problem with anyone. If he did have a problem with someone, you’d know about it.’

Kevin De Bruyne feels Belgium have no chance of winning the World Cup in Qatar

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Kevin De Bruyne feels Belgium have no chance of winning the World Cup in Qatar

Belgium’s first match highlighted that their time might have passed, which is a belief De Bruyne seems to share.

Man City star and Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that Belgium have no chance of winning the World Cup in Qatar. Even the Belgium skipper also feels the same. He says that his side had a great chance of winning the World Cup in 2018.

The 3rd placed team of the 2018 World Cup is ranked second in the FIFA World rankings. The Red Devils are one of the contenders to lift the World Cup this year but De Bruyne believes his team are too old to be victorious in Qatar.

Speaking in an interview with the Guardian, the Man City star responded when asked if Belgium can win the World Cup: “No chance, we’re too old.”

This is a point many pundits and fans have also made when assessing the Red Devils’ chances in Qatar and it certainly looked the case in the European team’s opening match with Canada.

Belgium started their campaign with a 1-0 win against Canada but their win was not convincing as the Canadians deserved something from the match.

The team is regarded as the country’s golden generation but they have fallen short at all the recent competitions.

This World Cup is their last hope of winning a trophy for Belgium but their first match highlighted that their time might have passed, which is a belief De Bruyne seems to share.

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Stan Collymore wants Southgate to add Man City stars in England 11

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Stan Collymore wants Southgate to add Man City stars in England 11

Southgate has been successful using a set-up with three center-backs.

England had a disappointing day out in World Cup 2022 as they failed to grab three points against the USA on Friday night. It was their second group stage and with 4 points, they are still at the top.

Stan Collymore believes Gareth Southgate should return to his tried and trusted system with his Man City stars coming into the first 11.

The English manager has been using a 4-3-3 and although very successful against Iran in England’s opener, the system was a big part of their struggles against the USA as the European side struggled to progress the ball up the pitch.

Southgate has been successful using a set-up with three center-backs, such as a 3-4-3; and former Liverpool star Stan Collymore has suggested in an exclusive interview with CaughtOffside, that the England manager should go back to the tried and trusted system should the Three Lions go through to the knockout stages.

Collymore would like to see Man City stars Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Kyle Walker brought into the first 11 as they would have a big impact on England’s performances going forward.

Speaking after England’s goalless draw with the USA on Friday night, Collymore said: “Overall, it was a disappointing result for England.”

The former footballer then explained how he would change England’s system and made some suggestions.

“If we qualify for the next stage, Gareth should go for a central defensive three of Walker, Stones and Maguire. One will step out and that starts a fire and enables Rice and Bellingham to move forward and be able to start things – that didn’t happen today,” Collymore said.

“The fullbacks didn’t get forward again because of the system, so that would be rectified with three centre-halves.

“For the Wales game, I would get Kyle Walker in because he needs minutes. I would take Bellingham out for Henderson for a calm head, I would swap out Raheem Sterling for Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka for Phil Foden – and perhaps Mason Mount.

“Grealish, absolutely Phil Foden and Kyle Walker need minutes.

“I think Gareth will now start to think a little bit more about playing the tried and trusted system with three centre-halves, two wing-backs and the two holders, Rice and Bellingham.”

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John Stones backs Maguire to shine for England in World Cup

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John Stones backs Maguire to shine for England in World Cup
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Both the defenders have known each other for the past two decades.

Man United defender Harry Maguire struggle for consistency this season and was dropped from the first-team squad by manager Erik Ten Hag.

His England teammate John Stones believes Maguire will find his form in Qatar this year.

The duo have been long-time friends and have paired a robust partnership at the heart of England’s defence.

 

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“First of all, no doubt at all,” Stones replied when asked if Maguire would settle in this World Cup.

“Harry hasn’t played much at his club, but to come in and play like he did – I don’t think anyone saw a bit of rust on him.

“That’s great credit to him and I’m so happy for him and everyone who played. As a player you want and need to be playing and have a good rhythm. But for him to come in to play as he did is credit to him.”

 

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