Good on Pep Guardiola for initialising the process that leads to England winning the 2022 World Cup.
The Man City manager is preparing to hand Phil Foden his Man City debut.
With a spot in the Champions League round of 16 already secured, Guardiola is set to name a much changed team against Feyenoord in a bid to preserve his champions elect.
Foden starred for England Under-17s in their World Cup triumph and City’s management believe both him, and fellow wonderkid Brahim Diaz, will have no fear if they get the nod.
Stockport-born Foden has been a City fan since birth and has impressed at youth level and in friendly fixtures.
Guardiola said: “I said in pre-season those guys will train with us all season.
“They have to have the quality to train with us. It’s not just to have fun or be gentle. They are there because they have a chance to play.
“From what I saw of him and Brahim in pre-season, the training, in the World Cup, they are ready. Otherwise they would not be training every day with us.
“Now if they play or don’t play depends on my decision. But they have to be ready because sometimes the manager makes surprises!”
Foden was named Player of the Tournament in India after England’s Under-17s continued the Three Lions success at youth earlier this year.
And Guardiola believes experience of that tournament will be invaluable, saying: “We believe the World Cup is perfect for his next step. Of course, playing the quarter-final, semi-final, final, is better than training or playing in the second team or playing 15 or 20 minutes with us.
“We have to protect them, though. We cannot expect Phil and Brahim to go out there and be important players to win titles.
“They have to join us and help us. It’s all steps.”
MANCHESTER CITY (likely line-up): Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Danilo, Toure, Gundogan, B Silva, Foden, Brahim, Aguero