Crystal Palace boss has backed the young midfielder to emulate David Silva at Manchester City.
After a goalless draw againstArsenal
last week, Roy Hodgson
's team will faceManchester City
on Thursday. Pep Guardiola’s team are only four points behind league leadersManchester United
and are hoping to close the gap by winning against The Eagles.Phil Foden
scored The Citizens’ only goal in their 1-0 victory against Brighton last week as he continues his impressive performances in the team’s midfield.
has spoken about the 20-year-old and his future at Etihad.
“He has been very well managed by the club and had been integrated into the first-team in a very clever way, a very sensible way,
“Of course you can do that when you have so many other good players around you – you can afford to leave a player of his quality out because you have got other fantastic players in your squad.
“I think they have done it very well, he has obviously worked very hard at his game and has got better, as everyone knew he would with Premier League and Champions League experience.
“Now he is in the international set-up he is going to get better and better, it is fantastic really that after losing a player of David Silva’s quality, who really lit the league up over a long period of time, they have now managed to find another player from their own ranks who is looking likely to take over that mantle.”
Asked aboutMamadou Sakho
’s injury, Hodgson responded:
“At the moment, my medical people are telling me it is still early days, they are still looking into the injury, but all I know is that it’s a proper injury,
“We are not talking about someone who is going to play on Sunday against Man City. But I don’t know quite how bad the injury is or how long it will keep him out.
“I’ll have to wait until our medical department give me the details and give me the green light – I fear it is going to be weeks at least, without a doubt.
“It was a very serious injury to happen to someone who had worked so very hard to get himself back able to play again.
“But he has come back before and I am always hopeful that an injury that could potentially be a long one, won’t be a long one because he will find a way of getting himself back fit again.”