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The youngster hopes to transfer his excellent club form to the international stage
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden says he is the most confident he has felt in his career as he seeks a fixed place for both the club and the country.
The 20-year-old won his fourth call-up for England as a substitute against San Marino on Thursday and hopes to make the squad for this summer’s Euro Cup.
He is also enjoying a hot streak of form at club level, with Manchester City chasing an unprecedented quadruple.
What did Foden say?
Foden can join his international matches in the next World Cup qualifying matches in England against Albania and Poland.
However, he also admits there is competition for places on Southgate’s team and is not envious of the choices the Three Lions boss faces.
“It’s hard to get a place [in this team]”Foden said. “There are so many great talents in the attacking third, so I feel sorry for him. [Southgate] A bit of having to choose 11. It’s very difficult and all I can do is keep fighting for my place. That’s all I can really do.
“When you’re in good shape, your confidence is always higher than normal, so yeah, I feel confident right now and I’m really enjoying my games. So is this the safest thing I’ve ever felt in my career? Probably yes. It’s hard to say unstoppable, but I feel like I’m full of confidence.
“It is very important to be consistent with your club. I just want to bring that form to England. Some players in the past have struggled to perform at their clubs and also with England, so I want to take the form and hopefully play the same way. I want to do what I do best.
“If I am not chosen, I will continue to work hard and try to improve. I am only 20 years old and I have a lot to improve. I had to work very hard to be here now and I continue to work hard and [I’m] hoping to go to a big tournament and do well. That’s my goal “.
The city doesn’t look too far ahead
When Foden returns from international service, he will join a Manchester City team that is sure to win a third Premier League title in four years.
They are also in the Champions League quarter-finals, FA Cup semi-finals and will face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final next month as they are aiming for a historic clean sweep of trophies.
Despite being on the brink of history, Foden insists the team stands firm thanks to the calm leadership of boss Pep Guardiola.
“Pep is really good at it, trying not to think too much ahead,” Foden added. “He always tells everyone, ‘Just focus on the next game.’ But sure, the guys are going to think about it. Of course, it could be one of the best seasons in City history if we can pull it off.
“But all they tell us is to focus on the next game and keep the same attitude. I hope we win so many [trophies] as possible with City. So obviously playing for England is the goal, so it would be great moments for me. I am looking forward to it, I am looking forward to the challenge. “