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Phil Foden’s England Under-21 solo stunner ‘as good’ as Eden Hazard’s wondergoal against West Ham, says Dean S

Phil Foden’s England Under-21 solo stunner ‘as good’ as Eden Hazard’s wondergoal against West Ham, says Dean S

Dean Saunders has compared Phil Foden’s sublime solo goal for England’s Under-21s to Eden Hazard’s stunner in the Premier League against West Ham. The Manchester City midfielder gave the world a glimpse of his incredible talent as he skinned five players before coolly slotting past the France goalkeeper to give England the lead in their…


Dean Saunders has compared Phil Foden’s sublime solo goal for England’s Under-21s to Eden Hazard’s stunner in the Premier League against West Ham.

The Manchester City midfielder gave the world a glimpse of his incredible talent as he skinned five players before coolly slotting past the France goalkeeper to give England the lead in their European Under-21 Championship opener on Tuesday night.

The goal was so good, many of us have forgotten the Young Lions went on to lose the game!

It was an eventful clash in Cesena, Italy, as Aidy Boothroyd’s side conceded twice late on to lose 2-1, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka scoring a decisive own-goal in injury-time, after Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury was sent off for a reckless challenge.

But while the result may soon be forgotten, Foden’s individual brilliance will surely live long in the memory.

And Saunders believes the 19-year-old’s strike is up there with Hazard’s dazzling goal for Chelsea against West Ham, which won the Premier League Goal of the Month award back in April.

“For me, that goal last night was as good as the goal Hazard scored [against West Ham] where he shifted the ball between his feet,” said the Welshman on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“It was a brilliant individual goal, but that goal last night was as good.”

Foden is facing a crucial time in his career after breaking through into Pep Guardiola’s first-team last term.

The young midfielder made 13 Premier League appearances for City durign 2018/19, although only three of those were as part of the starting XI.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a move away from Manchester City on loan this summer, in order to gain more first team experience.

Pep Guardiola has carefully managed the development of Phil Foden at Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola has carefully managed the development of Phil Foden at Manchester City

But Saunders insists Foden is better off staying at City and learning as much as he can from Guardiola and his talented team-mates.

“I personally think he should stay with Guardiola,” the former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker added.

“Training every day and learning from all those great players, it’s going to help him more than going out on loan.

“All the little things they do in training, their patterns of play from the back, he’s going to learn that and get better at it.”

Dean Saunders has compared Phil Foden’s sublime solo goal for England’s Under-21s to Eden Hazard’s stunner in the Premier League against West Ham.
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