His name is Foden, Phil Foden.

Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate have given the England starlet a 'license to roam' since his return from injury and that is, ultimately, paying dividends for Manchester City and the Three Lions.

That's the verdict from BT Sport pundits Peter Crouch and former City player Joleon Lescott.

Starting in a central position against Belgian opponents Club Brugge, the 21-year-old ignited that European outing and laid on an eye-catching assist for Joao Cancelo.

Cancelo opened the scoring for City in Group A this afternoon as later goals from Riyad Mahrez (two), Kyle Walker and Cole Palmer and sealed Guardiola's team a 5-1 win in Belgium.

But the initial tone was set by Foden, according to two hugely-impressed pundits in the BT Sport studio.

Crouch said: "In that role, deep, playing those types of passes he's fantastic. It's the desire as well, it's the deep areas I love him in, the ability to create. It's been a masterclass really."

Lescott added: "We've seen it for England a few weeks ago, that pass [to Cancelo]. He's been given the license to roam. The ability to drive past players. He's always trying to drive forward and cause problems for the defence - it was an exceptional first half from Phil."

Having missed out on the Euro 2020 showpiece through injury, the City graduate returned to the England squad during the October international break - playing both matches in central midfield at the expense of Liverpool star Jordan Henderson.

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