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FIFA U17 World Cup and Manchester City starlet Phil Foden wins BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

869   //    18 Dec 2017, 13:16 IST

Phil Foden
Phil Foden

What's the story?

Manchester City have been unstoppable in the Premier League this season and the depth in their squad has been praised greatly for their heroic efforts. Their depth has allowed them to give starts to young academy talent coming through the ranks and one such player who has made an impact is 17-year-old midfielder Phil Foden.

The Englishman starred in England's FIFA U17 World Cup triumph in India and he even scored two goals in the final at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata to help his team win 5-2 against a very competitive Spanish side. To add to his achievements, he has now grabbed the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

In case you didn't know...

Foden went down in history this year after he became the youngest Englishman ever to start a UEFA Champions League game and has often been termed the 'The Stockport Iniesta' for his likeness to the Barcelona star.

The heart of the matter

The prestigious BBC event saw runner Mo Farah win the BBC Sports Personality of the year award and Foden was his very able young deputy. The U17 World Cup was considered the defining moment for Foden, in which the teenager was adjudged the tournament's best player and received the coveted Golden Ball award for his contribution.

The Young Sports Personality award is especially great for young Foden as the likes of Wayne Rooney and Andy Murray have secured the honour in the past.

What's next?

The euphoria of winning the award will soon dissipate as Foden concentrates on Manchester City's efforts to regain the Premier League and excel in other club competitions.

Author's take

The U17 World Cup is very clearly a major stepping stone to greatness, and who knows, perhaps one day, Foden will go on to become one of the biggest stars in the world of football.

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