Gareth Southgate will have a tough decision on his hands when picking the squad for the European Championships this summer, particularly in which of the younger attack-minded players to take in his final 23 – but for Graeme Souness, Phil Foden must be at the top of the pile.
“You see this young fella, England have some top class midfielders coming through but he’s at the top of the tree,” Souness said on Sky Sports.
“Maddison, Grealish, Mount…I think he’s arguably the best.”
Looking at the specific areas of Foden’s game which make him a stand-out, Souness references the first touch and overall technique of the Man City attacker.
“It’s very easy to look at the final shot but the initial take is all in one movement. He’s moving the ball so cutely.
“That young man is silky, he’s courageous, sees the picture, he’s quick. There’s so much to enjoy about this young man.”
Foden has had a gradual build-up under Pep Guardiola toward becoming a first-team regular, but has seen a significant jump in game time over the last 12 months and is now often involved in City’s biggest games.