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Phil Foden: I loved David Silva as a kid

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Phil Foden says it is special to learn off his childhood hero David Silva.

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden reveals how David Silva and Vincent Kompany help him develop as a player.

He admits that liked to watch Spanish teams as a kid, with Iniesta and Silva being his childhood heroes.

“He’s always giving me advice,” Foden said of David Silva via Telegraph. “Just knowing your time on the ball and things like that, he will help you out. He’ll say ‘oh, you could have set the ball there instead of turning.’

“Everyone is good with that, Vincent Kompany is the same. To learn off them, it’s special.”

“I liked to watch Spanish teams when I was at home when I was younger. I’m my own player, I don’t try to copy anyone, but I like to learn from people. I loved Iniesta and David Silva, and I liked Jack Wilshere as well.”

Foden also said that he is patiently waiting for his England debut, as he is now concentrated on getting minutes and playing regular football.

“It’s good just to get some minutes, you know because at my club I don’t really get many,” said Foden after his performance for England Under-21s on Thursday. “It’s just good to get out there and play football. I am still young, 18 years of age, so to get minutes was good for me. I lost quite a bit of fitness but it’s coming back slowly.

“That was due to not playing. I have been trying to do extra after training but it’s nothing like playing a game, it’s totally different. Hopefully, I can get it back.”

“I’ve still got a lot more to grow and it would help me out if I did,” he says. “But it’s just about being patient. It will happen in its own time so there’s no rush.”