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Foden leads the way as best young creative player in England after FA Cup win

11-Jan-2021, 12:08 am

Phil Foden Manchester City 2020-21

Phil Foden has further reasserted his credentials as one of the most gifted English players of his generation as he pulled the creative strings in Manchester City's FA Cup victory over Birmingham City on Sunday.

The 20-year-old helped set up a Riyad Mahrez assist for one goal and then netted another as the hosts ran out 3-0 winners against their Championship opposition atEtihad Stadium.

Bernardo Silva's early rapid-fire double inside the opening quarter-hour dealt the immediate damage againstAitor Karanka's side, while Foden's effort just beyond the half-hour mark ensured a rampant first-halfthat would not be overturned by the visitors.

While City failed to find a fourth after the break, the match still served as a redoubtable display of Foden's talents, one likely to further increase his standing when it comes to Gareth Southgate's selections for this year's rearranged Euro 2020 showpiece tournament.

He has now been involved in 12 goals across all competitions this season, netting seven and assisting five more - the most of any player under the age of 21 among Premier League sides.

His efforts also extended to helping City make it seven FA Cup home wins on the bounce, their best streak for over 70 years, albeit shy of the 14-match record set in January 1946.

Silva meanwhile nabbed a brace for only the second time in his career at the club, the better part of a year-and-a-half on from a hat-trick he netted against Watford in September 2019.

City have now made it two cup victories in the space of the week, after they knocked out cross-city rivals Manchester United with an astute performance in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

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