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Phil Foden is living the dream right now. At just 18 years of age, he's won the League Cup, the Premier League and the Community Shield - starring in the latter game against Chelsea yesterday and making us all feel very old in the process.
After electing to stay with City for a full pre-season instead of joining up with England Under 19's for the European Championships, the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year was handed a start at Wembley by Pep Guardiola.
With Foden slotting into one of the midfield positions that would normally be occupied by David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne, he looked perfectly at home during his 76 minutes on the pitch - even creating a bit of history in the game.
His run and smart pass led to Sergio Aguero getting off the mark for the campaign and scoring his 200th City goal in 293 appearances in sky blue colours.
Sergio Aguero is up and running for the new season :fire:
Phil Foden with the run and assist :eyes: pic.twitter.com/NY1DbJ7a6P
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 5, 2018
What's even more incredible about the milestone is that when 'Kun' opened his account for City against Swansea City in 2011 after his £38 million move from Atletico Madrid, Foden was just 11 years of age.
Phil Foden was 11 when Sergio Aguero scored his first #MCFC goal...
Now he's just assisted Aguero's 200th goal as they won a trophy together :fire: pic.twitter.com/dwpM1Rif4g
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 5, 2018
Phil Foden was 11 when Aguero joined Manchester City. Today he assisted Aguero's 200th goal for Manchester City.
World Class talent made in CFA. pic.twitter.com/647j6mlplG
- City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) August 5, 2018
Boyhood blue Foden, who joined the club at under nine level, was actually a ballboy for the title-winning 2011/12 season - which of course concluded with that goal from Aguero in the dying embers of the season.
The Golden Boy of England's Under 17 World Cup win last year, he made 10 appearances for City last season and became the youngest player to receive a Premier League winners' medal.
With a loan move off the cards and City preferring to keep him amongst the squad, the "Stockport Iniesta" is expected to feature a lot more this season.
In fact, his biggest admirer, Guardiola, says he's ready for the task at hand.
"He was ready last season. Now he is one year on, he is more mature," Guardiola said after the win at Wembley.
"He was training last season with us and he fought well with all of our players. It is so good to have another player with his talent. He's a City fan and Mancunian and it is so good for us."
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