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Foden: Man City must keep focus to beat Stoke

CREATIVE FORCE: Phil Foden's hoping to be a thorn in United's side

CREATIVE FORCE: Phil Foden's hoping to be a thorn in United's side

Manchester City U18s midfielder Phil Foden has called on his teammates to remain focused in their final Premier League match of 2016 against Stoke City on Wednesday.

City sit top of the north section of the Premier League, having not been beaten in 14 matches, and guaranteed safe passage to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup with a thumping victory over Reading last week.

Foden, however, insists City can’t afford to get carried away or think of future challenges when they line up at the City Football Academy against the Potters.

The 16-year-old said: “We’ve played well so far but we have to focus on each game as it comes. We’re trying to win every competition we’re in which means playing a lot of matches to a high standard.

“Stoke are one of the teams we haven’t played yet but we’ve done a lot of work to be ready for their style and we’ll be looking to get another win.”

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Having scored nine goals already this season for Lee Carsley’s side and received a call-up for Pep Guardiola’s Champions League squad, Foden is delighted with the football he has played.

He said: “I like to arrive late into the box and that has helped me create a lot of space in opposition defences. We’ve got so many players in the team that can play a pass it makes it easier to score goals.”

“I work hard and stay professional at all times. I give a 100% in everything we are asked to do because I know that is how I will play my best football week in week out.”

There will be full coverage of Manchester City v Stoke City in the U18 Premier League on mancity.com and @ManCityAcademy.

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Carsley: Team spirit saw us through Reading tie

CARSLEY: City's 18s boss in charge of training

Manchester City U18s manager Lee Carsley has praised his side for their ability to handle the big occasion after their 4-0 victory over Reading in the FA Youth Cup.

Goals from Brahim Diaz, Phil Foden and a Lukas Nmecha brace saw City sail through to the fourth round at the Madejski Stadium against a Reading team that are second in the southern half of the U18 Premier League.

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City thump Reading to reach Youth Cup fourth round

MADEJSKI STADIUM: City travelled to the home of Reading Football Club for their FA Youth Cup tie

Read how Lee Carsley's side fared when they travelled to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading in the FA Youth Cup...

City's U18s came up against their Reading counterparts as they got their FA Youth Cup journey under way.

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Sancho: FA Youth Cup is a chance for glory

SANCHO: City's winger is excited for the trip to Reading

Manchester City U18s winger Jadon Sancho believes his teammates have what it takes to go all the way in the FA Youth Cup.

Lee Carsley’s City travel to Reading on Thursday night in their first match of this season’s edition of the prestigious tournament.