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Bright future: Phil Foden

Bright future: Phil Foden

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Bright future: Phil Foden

Pep Guardiola believes Phil Foden can achieve as much as he wants in the game.

Manchester City's highly-rated teenager emphasised his huge potential with a man-of-the-match display in Sunday's Carabao Cup final victory over Aston Villa.

The 19-year-old has been heavily hyped over the past two seasons but City boss Guardiola has only gradually eased him into the first-team picture.

Sunday's appearance was actually his first outing in a month but, so assured was his display, calls for him to be named in the England squad are growing.

Guardiola said: "I want the best for him and he will get what he deserves. Of course we're delighted with his performance and his behaviour, in good moments and bad moments, just thinking of work and work, and at the end it always pays off.

"At 19-years-old you have a lot to improve but, with his behaviour, he can reach whatever he wants."

City have had little time to celebrate their latest League Cup win - their third in succession - as they travel to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round tonight.

That is of no concern to Guardiola, who has now won 29 trophies in his glittering career and is already thinking about the next one.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said: "I learned in the big clubs I was at before, and in their history, when they win a trophy they go and take a shower, and they are thinking about the next one.

"It is so nice what we have done in that competition in the last three years but in this game we have another final."

Belfast Telegraph