Roy Keane praises Phil Foden after his impressive display in England’s 5-0 win over Andorra

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Former Manchester United player Roy Keane has lavished praise on Phil Foden after his display for England in their FIFA World Cup qualifiers win over Andorra,.

The Manchester City midfielder was in impressive form on Saturday as England beat Andorra 5-0,, with Keane comparing him to NFL legend Tom Brady for his display in the game.

Gareth Southgate utilised the 21-year-old in a deeper midfield role, where he operated in a double pivot alongside Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse. The youngster had a good game for the Three Lions from that position and played a huge role in goals from Ben Chilwell and Bukayo Saka.

Speaking about his performance in the game, Keane (according to Daily Mail), who was speaking on ITV Sport, likened the midfielder’s influence to that of famous quarterback Brady. 

“I love my American Football and Foden has been like a top quarterback,” the Irishman said.

“He’s been like Tom Brady. He’s just picking people out. He’s got runners, and he’s got wide-receivers. He’s making it look so easy.”

It is not just at the international scene that Foden has shone in recent weeks. He was also on the scoresheet for Manchester City in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield before the international break.

Keane noted that the 21-year-old is ‘maturing well’ and will give Southgate ‘great problems’ in terms of selection in the future.

“He’s been maturing well over the last year and he’s been playing most weeks for Man City,” Keane added. 

“He’s playing in big games most weeks and in the top competition in Europe.

“Gareth’s got great problems in the next few months, but a lot can change in football. With injuries and possible suspensions, a lot can change, but Gareth is a lucky man as he’s got great options.” 

Foden has been in the Manchester City first-team setup since the 2017/18 season and has emerged as one of their key players since the departure of David Silva.