Guardiola said: “He asked me because we had the opportunity for him to stay here with us and maybe play against Wolves (in the Carabao Cup)”. We have had several good former players who have not been able to win it but we have a chance tomorrow.
While the duo might not get their first-team professional debuts on Wednesday, Kompany’s tweet shows that they are under the watchful eyes of their captain and the club is keeping a tab of their performances.
Spain couldn’t keep up and it was no surprise when the excellent Phil Foden put England ahead – fourth and fifth goals came from Marc Guehi and Foden again, giving the Young Lions a superb victory on a wonderful night for English football. His performances made him the official Golden Ball victor of the U-17 World Cup, which recognises him as the tournament’s best player.
“In order win we have to play better”.
Pep Guardiola expects Phil Foden’s achievements at the Under-17 World Cup to benefit both Manchester City and England down the line.
‘Expectations will obviously rise now but we have a long-term plan, we’ll stick to the plan. It is better to play in the World Cup against Spain, Brazil, Germany, all the African teams.
Spain should have been two clear on 21 minutes, when a counter-attack saw Moha clean through on goal, but a heavy touch from the surging midfielder allowed goalkeeper Curtis Anderson to dive at his feet.
Right-back Steven Sessegnon also impressed, setting up the first two goals with powerful overlapping runs, while another major player, Jadon Sancho, was not involved at all after being recalled by new club Borussia Dortmund. “We are motivated as a team and we are looking for the answers, to find the best way of playing”, Denia said.
Spain struck early with two goals from Sergio Goméz before Rhian Brewster, the tournament’s top scorer, pulled one back before half-time. They went on to score four more, physically outclassing the Spanish. Played at the Salt Lake Stadium in front of over 66,000 fans, England gave them a game to remember as the Steve Cooper-managed side didn’t collapse despite going 2-0 down early in the contest. “The England coach has picked players who can play with the ball”.
Cooper made sure it was not only Foden who got the credit, but the whole England fraternity that worked in youth football over the years. But that will happen in any walk of life.