England playmaker Phil Foden has revealed he’s watching YouTube clips of his best pre-game moments to get started.
The Manchester City man may only be 21, but he’s already spoiled for choice in the archives after playing in Manchester City’s Premier League title campaign and qualifying for the Champions League final.
Comparisons to Paul Gascoigne have become inevitable – not least because of his bleached blonde hair – and although Foden cited the former England international as his inspiration, the only footage he watches online is that of himself. .
“Sometimes I watch my own clips on YouTube just to get into a game feeling confident,” he said on the Lions’ Den YouTube channel. “I don’t really like looking at someone else, I want to be my own person.”
There will be some impressive skills in the vault, as the Stockport-born striker is particularly good at getting past players, which he says is instinct.
“You don’t work on it, it just becomes an instinct,” he said. “When you see a man and put him between your legs, it comes to you.
“The best players in the world think fast.”
After showing a glimpse of what he was capable of in England’s opening two group matches against Croatia and Scotland, Foden was a substitute for the decisive clash against the Czech Republic.
And he admits he was not a good spectator.
“I feel like I’m more nervous watching the game than playing,” he said. “When the guys were playing I bit my nails hoping they could win.
“They crushed him and took the victory.”