Sport Phil Foden MUST start at Euro 2020, insists Micah Richards

00:10  26 april  2021
00:10  26 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Micah Richards insisted 'sublime' Phil Foden must start for England at the European Championships after another dazzling display in the Carabao Cup final.

The 20-year-old was in fine form at Manchester City were crowned Carabao Cup champions for the fourth straight year with a victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

Foden's impressive displays have had fans licking their lips at the prospect of him starring for England this summer, and Richards insisted the playmaker should be a guaranteed starter for manager Gareth Southgate.

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'This player (Foden) is sublime. There is Grealish that I have talked up, who I love. There is Mount, who I love as well', Richards told Sky Sports after City's 1-0 victory.

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'But this guy here, he plays like he is playing in the playground with his friends but what he has improved on, is becoming a key player. It isn’t flashes of brilliance, he is making a difference. Look at the way he just swivels.

'He is so comfortable on the ball, he always seems to play the right pass at the right time.'

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Fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp was similarly in awe of the midfielder, saying: 'He never looks at the ball. The best players always know where the ball is. He plays with his chest out and knows the picture before it has happened.

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'Every day training at that club with those players, must be like a masterclass. He is great for the game this young man.

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'A few weeks ago, I thought maybe he won’t start but he could finish games (for Eng). But right now in that form, he has got to start him.'

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The wealth of creative options at the Three Lions' disposal has led to debate over which players should start, with Redknapp questioning how you fit all the players into the starting 11.

Mason Mount and Jack Grealish have been similarly impressive this season, and Richards claimed all three would have a starting spot nailed on if he was the England manager.

'This is the problem Southgate has got. You have Mount, Grealish, a lot of players but you can't not start him at the Euros,' said Redknapp.

But Richards added: 'Mount, Grealish and Foden – they all start for me.'

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Owen claims Mount and Foden will be 'two of the world's best players' .
England team-mates Mount and Foden are set to face each other when Chelsea take on Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29. Both players have enjoyed excellent seasons and Mount has been crucial to Chelsea's progress, as he demonstrated again on Wednesday by scoring in their 2-0 semi-final second leg victory at home to Real Madrid. © Provided by Daily Mail ( © Provided by Daily Mail ( Owen described Mount as 'phenomenal' and added that he believes Foden, 20, can become one of England's greatest ever players.

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