PHIL FODEN reckons England’s young guns can target World Cup glory.
Manchester City’s brilliant teenager was player of the tournament when England won the U17 World Cup last October.
And asked if Gareth Southgate’s can mould his youngsters into a golden generation that can challenge for football’s biggest prize, Foden replied: “Yeah, definitely.
“If you are playing well, he (Southgate) will give you a chance and he isn’t scared to call you up no matter what your age.
“It is exciting times for England with all these exciting kids coming through and the great thing is Gareth isn’t afraid to give us a chance.
“Hopefully in the future we can win the World Cup”
“Hopefully in the future we can win the World Cup.”
Foden’s former U17 and City team-mate Jadon Sancho,18, has progressed into Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad.
Southgate has also promoted James Maddison and Mason Mount from the Under-21 squad for the UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.
And while Foden, 18, is preparing to make his England U21 debut tonight against Andorra, the attacking midfielder is hopeful he can follow that trio into the first team.
“We have got a lot of quality in the team and Jadon is an example,” said Foden
“It gives me confidence seeing Jadon in the senior team and I hope I can join him one day. I just need to keep working hard, that is the main thing.”
Foden has come on as sub three times for champions City this term in the Premier League.
His profile has rocketed since he scored twice in the final as England U17s beat Spain a year ago in a memorable 5-2 triumph.
England prevailed playing attacking football as they went for the jugular.
Foden insists his generation intend to keep the same mentality as they hope to progress up the ranks with the national team.
He added: “It’s good practice winning the World Cup young.
“We went there confident that we were going to win it but to actually go on and do it was crazy. We will remember it for years and we can all push on.
“If you go into the senior squad at a major tournament then you’ve already lived it, and you know what you’re doing.
“Hopefully the other lads at their clubs will get a chance too. It’s a special moment.”