Phil Foden compared to Man City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne while hailed as 'the future of England'

By George Smith

Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has compared Manchester City starlet Phil Foden to Kevin De Bruyne following an eye-catching performance in England's 5-0 win over Andorra on Saturday evening.

Handed his first Three Lions start since the goalless draw with Scotland at the European Championship back in June, Foden thrived in the centre of midfield, playing a key role in two of England's five goals.

For England's first goal of the night, Foden, who was excellent in City's 2-2 draw with Liverpool a week earlier, sent a wonderful chipped pass into the penalty area, allowing Jadon Sancho to bring it down and lay it on a plate for Ben Chilwell to open his Three Lions account.

For Gareth Southgate's side second of the contest, the City star sent Bukayo Saka free with an over-the-top ball to latch onto and emphatically fire England into a convincing lead.

His performance oozed class and quality, while also boasting his versatility in a deeper role, with his recent outings for City having come out wide.

His performance left a lot of England fans purring, with former England striker Agbonlahor likening him to City team-mate De Bruyne, as well as urging Southgate to name him in the starting line-up for Tuesday night's clash with Hungary at Wembley.

"I just love the way he’s a step ahead of everyone else," Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. "What I loved about his performance against Andorra was his passing. He’s picking out balls like you’d expect to see from Kevin De Bruyne.

"He’s versatile – we saw him against Liverpool at left midfield, he can play as false No.9, a No.10, on the right.

"He looks like he will play where he’s told to play and not sulk because he wants to play in his preferred position.

"I love him and I think he’s the future of England. He needs to play every game. Against Hungary, play him, find a position for him and keep him in that team."

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