'Foden deserves the attention' - Man City teenager praised by England U21 team-mate Barnes

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Julian Finney
The midfielder has been making his mark with the Premier League champions and is held in high regard by his international colleague

Manchester City youngster Phil Foden deserves all the attention he has been getting, according to his England Under 21 team-mate Harvey Barnes.

Foden came to prominence when he won the Under 17 World Cup with England last year and his career has gone from strength to strength since, with the 18-year-old scoring his first goal for City in the Carabao Cup last month.

The midfielder was room-mates with Barnes during their England U21 camp ahead of fixtures against Andorra and Scotland earlier this month, and his talent has been praised by his international colleague.

"I was actually rooming with Phil," Barnes, who was the top scorer at the 2017 Toulon Tournament, told Sky Sports

"I was meant to be with Ben (Chilwell), but he got pushed up to the seniors, so I thought I had the room to myself - but then Phil came in!

"Phil's a great young player. There is a lot of attention around him at the minute, which is deserved.

"Rooming with him you get to know him a lot better, he's a great lad. He's getting in a great Manchester City team at such a young age, but you can see his quality in training."

Foden will have his eyes on a senior England call-up sooner rather than later after making seven appearances for the Premier League champions already this season.

Ben Chilwell recently received his first cap for the national team and his Leicester team-mate Barnes has been talking up the defender’s ability.

"He was always year above me at Leicester, but we played together in youth teams, U21 and U18s. His quality's always been there.

"He had to be patient. He wasn't getting the opportunities a few years ago, but he has done really well to take his chance when he got it and is now a big part of that Leicester team.”

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Barnes is currently out on loan at West Brom, where he has been impressive in scoring five times for the Baggies as they battle for promotion back to the Premier League.

Although Chilwell is still a young player in his own right, Barnes has spoken about how he mentored him and was inspired to take the risk to go out on loan as he looks to emulate the left-back by breaking into the Leicester team next season.

"He was a help last year when I was at Leicester and not getting much pitch-time,” said Barnes. “He'd already been through that the year before and knew how I was feeling. I knew this year I had to get out on loan and get first-team football."

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