Phil Foden should be central for City and England, neutrals should root for Brighton and Celtic seek a long-term plan

Phil Foden must start. Whether it is Manchester City’s most important matches, or for England at a European Championship, he must start. City’s win over Borussia Mönchengladbach was confirmation of this, and while his midfield mates Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gündogan took the headlines for their goals, Foden put in an imperious performance at the tip of City’s midfield, providing a sumptuous no-look assist to take his goal contributions this season to 20 (from 36 appearances). There are others that could play this position for both City and England, but on current form it would be a huge shame not to see Gareth Southgate deploy Foden centrally during the upcoming international break. City’s domination in the Premier League meansCup matches have become the most vital to further the chance of a historic quadruple. Saturday’s trip to Everton remains a tricky task, with the Englishman surely playing his way into Pep Guardiola’s lineup. MB

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