Pep Guardiola has raved about Phil Foden and the next generation of English talent after the youngster scored in Man City’s 4-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb.
With top spot already secured before kick-off, the City manager named a heavily-rotated starting XI in the Croatian capital.
The Premier League champions suffered an early set-back as Spanish starlet Dani Olmo sweetly struck a volley past Claudio Bravo, but they fought back to secure a victory that was ultimately comfortable.
Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick and 19-year-old Foden added the fourth in the 86th minute.
The Stockport-born academy graduate was lively throughout and put in a good performance, which greatly impressed his manager, who praised his performance in the post-match press conference in Zagreb.
He cited Foden and Chelsea star Mason Mount as examples of how much English players are improving technically.
“He was so good,” said Guardiola, per the Manchester Evening News.
“I think he’s a player who is close to the box more dangerous than away from the box, he still has to learn a bit away from the box,
“When he played close to the box, attack central defenders, he’s incredibly dangerous, he played really well.
“The way you play in England is a bit different [to Spain] but now young players at Chelsea, Mason Mount, are quite similar. One on one, creating more spaces.
“England have an incredible generation for the young players, the next decade England has incredible players and it’s good for the country.”