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Cole Palmer and Phil Foden reflect on their Academy moments

Manchester City wunderkinds – Phil Foden and Cole Palmer relive their best goals from the Academy and further talk about representing the club as graduates of the Academy.

Being the first graduate from City’s Academy ahead of Cole Palmer, Foden is considered as one of the best young players in the world and established a name for himself in the football world at an early stage of his career.

Foden‘s breakthrough into professional football came in 2017 when he won the FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball award following England‘s successful Under-17 World Cup campaign. He made his debut for City during the same year and in December was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

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Foden has since made over 100 appearances for Manchester City, winning nine honours including becoming the youngest recipient of a Premier League winners’ medal.

In 2019, he won a second Premier League and became the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, and is the youngest English player to both start a match and score in the knockout stages of the competition.  In 2021, he was named as the Premier League Young Player of the Season and the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Phil Foden has represented England at many youth levels, scoring 19 goals in 51 youth caps. He was first called up to the senior team on 25 August 2020 and made his debut against Iceland on 5 September 2020, in a 1–0 victory in the UEFA Nations League.

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He has represented his nation in the senior team ever since then with his latest appearances being the recent 2022 FIFA World Cup. Foden has also filled up his trophy cabinet with the following while playing for the Blues:

  • Premier League x4: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2021–22
  • FA Cup x1: 2018–19
  • EFL Cup x4: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • FA Community Shield x2: 2018, 2019
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2020–21
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And now, another City Academy graduate – Cole Palmer has emerged with hope of being the next breakthrough prospect. He has already enjoyed a fair amount of first team football as compared to last season in which he scored 3 times, and made one assist in 11 appearances for the Blues.

Watch the video below as Cole Palmer and Phil Foden reflect on their Academy moments.

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