England’s John Stones backs Phil Foden to show how good he is at Euro 2024

John Stones has backed England and Manchester City team-mate Phil Foden to show the world how good he is at Euro 2024 and claims he could win player of the tournament in the process.

Foden heads to Germany after a fine season at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 19 goals and laying on eight assists as City won an unprecedented fourth straight Premier League title.

Such form saw the 24-year-old named Manchester City player of the year, Premier League player of the year and Football Writers’ Association footballer of the year.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden celebrates with the Premier League trophy
Manchester City’s Phil Foden celebrates with the Premier League trophy (Martin Rickett/PA)

Now he will be hoping to shine in England’s quest to land a first major men’s trophy in 58 years, starting with Sunday’s Group C opener against Serbia.

Asked if Foden could be player of the tournament at Euro 2024, Stones replied: “Yes. I’m biased, I think he’s absolutely incredible. First how he plays the game, so silky playing like he’s in the park.

“I feel like he has brought so much to his game. Goals, maturity, knowing of situations, his pressing.

“This season has been incredible for him and I hope and I’m sure he will bring that to the tournament.”

With four goals in 34 caps, Foden has shown flashes of his talent in an England shirt but has so far been unable to replicate his consistent club form on the international stage – although Stones thinks that could soon change.

“Yes, 100 per cent,” he added when it was put to him that Foden should be on a level with world-class players such as Jude Bellingham and Kylian Mbappe.

“I think it probably suits Phil that maybe that (spotlight) is not all on him. We all know the quality that he’s got, what he can bring and does for the team.

“I think in these occasions, it’s where it brings out of you and maybe it’s time to show the world what he can really do.

Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring his sides second goal with team mate Phil Foden during England's win over Scotland
Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring his side’s second goal with team-mate Phil Foden during England’s win over Scotland (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“Hopefully, you know, he stays fit and healthy for everyone, especially Phil, I know he was frustrated at the last Euros.

“He got an injury on his foot which kind of stopped him because he was playing incredible and training really well. That kind of stopped him.

“I feel Phil is someone who doesn’t feel anything on the outside, he just plays the game so freely I hope he comes and does what Phil can do for us, which I know he wants to. He is very proud of being here and representing his country.”

Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier also singled “frightening” Foden out for praise when talking about the quality among Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad.

“Training’s gone really well, finally to get out here and prepare for the game against Serbia,” he told talkSPORT.

England’s Kieran Trippier during the friendly loss to Iceland
England’s Kieran Trippier during the friendly loss to Iceland (Mike Egerton/PA)

“We’ve worked, tactics, the training has been frightening, really – the style and everything about the quality – so we’re all happy, we’re all prepared and ready.

“To be honest with you, I can’t pick out individuals, because everybody’s been quality, but obviously Phil Foden is Phil Foden. He’s always one of my favourite players.

“With Phil, I could walk back into the camp and he’s got a ball at his feet. He’s obsessed with football.

“Everybody sees him on the pitch, but what people don’t see in training is his vision, his technique, and his ability is frightening.”

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