Raheem Sterling has shouted out Phil Foden for an England callup.
The former appeared from the benches to score the first goal for Manchester City in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb. He also helped Foden grab the second late into injury time.
The Croatian outfit put up a good fit but City’s constant pressing and ability to attack was far too much to withstand for the entire 90. Sterling was full of praise for his teammates but he singled out Foden for good reason. He said, “The players that we have here, you have to read the game and the goals will come. I am buzzing for Phil and I want him in the national team, if he keeps going the way he has he will be there.”
Many teenagers have earned callups to the England senior side recently including Chelsea’s Mason Mount. Last season we saw Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho make a breakthrough after impressing in their respective leagues. Foden has not enjoyed as much playing time as his young compatriots but he surely is marked to be a star in the future.
Dinamo proved to be tough competitors even on foreign soil as Sterling revealed, “We have seen them play with the clips that the manager showed, and it was difficult to break them down at times. A few chances did not go in, but we took one eventually and then got the second. From a personal point of view, it is always disappointing not to start but we had to be patient. I was happy to contribute to the team.”
Foden recognized Sterling’s impact and said, “It needed a change of tempo and Raheem brought that. It is all about enjoying your time on the pitch and I am happy to score and help the team. I thought they were putting dangerous balls in the box so to seal the win meant everything. You have to show the manager what you can do each day in training, every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient.”
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