Phil Foden: John Stones backs his Manchester City and England teammate to star in Euro 2024 | football news

John Stones has backed his England and Manchester City team-mate Phil Foden to show the world how good he is at Euro 2024 and claims he could win the player of the tournament award in the process.

Foden heads to Germany after an excellent season at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 19 goals and providing eight assists as City won an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title.

Thanks to this, the 24-year-old was named Manchester City player of the year, Premier League player of the year and Football Writers’ Association footballer of the year.

He will now hope to shine in England’s quest to claim their first major men’s trophy in 58 years, starting with Sunday’s Group C opener against Serbia.

Asked if Foden could be the player of the tournament for Euro 2024, Stones replied: “Yes. I’m biased, I think he’s absolutely incredible. Firstly, how he plays, as silky as if he were on the park.”

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“I feel that he has contributed a lot to his game. Goals, maturity, knowledge of situations, his pressure.

“This season has been incredible for him and I hope and am sure he will bring that to the tournament.”

‘Foden frustrated by the last euros’

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Stones and Foden have shared many successes at Manchester City

With four goals in 34 caps, Foden has shown flashes of his talent in an England shirt but has so far been unable to replicate his consistent club form on the international stage, although Stones believes that could soon change.

“Yes, 100 per cent,” he added when asked that Foden should be at the level of world-class players such as Jude Bellingham and Kylian Mbappé.

“I think it’s probably in Phil’s best interest that maybe (the spotlight) doesn’t just fall on him. We all know the quality he has, what he can contribute and what he does for the team.

Phil Foden and John Stones
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Stones and Foden hope to recreate their club’s form at international level

“I think these times are where you get the energy and maybe it’s time to show the world what you can really do.

“Hopefully he stays fit and healthy for everyone, especially Phil, I know he was frustrated with the last Euros.

“He suffered a foot injury that stopped him because he was playing incredible and training very well. That stopped him.

“I feel like Phil is someone who doesn’t feel anything on the outside, he just plays with a lot of freedom. I hope he comes and does what Phil can do for us, which I know he wants to do. He’s very proud to be here and representing his team.” country”.

Trippier: Foden’s ability is terrifying

Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier singled out the “terrifying” Foden for praise when talking about the quality among Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad.

“Training has gone very well, to finally get out here and prepare for the game against Serbia,” he said.

“We have worked, tactically, the training has been really scary, the style and everything related to the quality, so we are all happy, we are all prepared and ready.

“To be honest, I can’t pick out individuals, because they’ve all been quality, but obviously Phil Foden is Phil Foden. He’s always one of my favorite players.

“With Phil, I could go back to camp and he’s got a ball at his feet. He’s obsessed with football.

“Everyone sees him on the field, but what people don’t see in training is his vision, his technique and his ability which is terrifying.”

‘England haven’t gotten the best out of Foden’

Manchester City is the first team in the history of the English top flight to win the title in four consecutive seasons.
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Foden helped Manchester City become the first team in the history of the English top flight to win the title in four consecutive seasons.

Rob Dorsett, Sky Sports News reporter:

“Foden has been absolutely exceptional this season.

“Just read his honors. At 24, the Premier League Player of the Season has won six Premier League titles, won the Champions League, two FA Cups, four League Cups, one Super Cup and the U-17 World Cup with England.

“He’s been absolutely brilliant, but England haven’t gotten the best out of him, especially when he plays at number 10. “It’s as simple as that.

“I expect him to start at left winger with Jude Bellingham starting at number 10.”

“England have to find solutions to give the ball to Foden”

Sky Sports’ Paul Merson:

“You need to have your best players on the field.

“For me, Phil Foden is a match-winner and England need to find solutions to get the ball.

“It is not good to have John Stones and Marc Guehi with the ball and touching it more times than Foden, but you have to find a way to get the ball to him and that is why Pep Guardiola is the best because he has his best players on the field” . the ball consistently and that’s why they make things happen.”

The key dates for England

All BST times

Saturday June 16 – Serbia vs England, Gelsenkirchen, kick-off at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday June 20 – Denmark vs England, Frankfurt, kick-off at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday June 25 – England vs Slovenia, kick-off at 8:00 p.m.

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