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Phil Foden through the years

Phil Foden first World Cup appearance was yet another landmark in his young career.

The winger was introduced in the 71st minute alongside club colleague and eventual goalscorer Jack Grealish, as England beat Iran 6-2 in their opening Group B fixture. 

The 22-year-old signed a three-year contract extension in October, which will see him stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2027. 

Our No.47 sat down with former City players Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips - who like Foden came through the ranks at the Club - to take a trip down memory lane.

In his early days you could see the natural flair that Foden possessed, with a clip from his youth highlighting his close control before firing home. 

His hard work through the years saw him rewarded with a first team start in a pre-season friendly against Manchester United in Houston in 2017, with the footballing world getting a glimpse of a new emerging City talent.

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From there, the rest is history.

Foden has won multiple trophies during his time at the Etihad Stadium, scoring more than 50 goals in a blue shirt under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola.

From his first goal at Oxford United in the EFL Cup to more recent strikes, including his first hat-trick and derby day goals in a 6-3 win over Manchester United – Foden, Onuoha and Wright-Phillips assess the lot.

Looking back on his debut against United five years ago and his senior competative debut in the Champions League, Foden said: “I was training with them [the first team] at 15/16, I remember the day before he [Pep Guardiola] told me that I was playing against United.

“I was just so nervous, but when you get that first touch in the game – you just think, I’ve been doing this all my life and it becomes normal to you.

“I made my debut in pre-season but there is a difference to making your debut in pre-season and the Champions League.

“When I got the opportunity to come on in what I believe is the biggest competition, it was such a proud moment for me, for how hard I worked growing up in the Academy, to say that I finally made it out onto the pitch was special for me and my family.”

You can watch the full interview with Phil, Nedum and Shaun in the above video…

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