Phil Foden is back in Southgate plans after scoring a historic double as England beat Iceland 4-0 in the European League (UNL) at Wembley earlier this morning.
However, the 20-year-old England midfielder admits that the moment he was knocked out of the squad against the same opponent last September is still “one of the hardest moments” of his life.
Foden and Manchester United’s youngster Mason Greenwood were then ordered to leave England’s training camp for violating the coronavirus protocol after a 1-0 win at Reykavic.
The young Manchester City player returned to competitive action with England early this morning against the same opponent and displayed his glorious action to open his international goal account with two interesting goals late in the game.
After assisting the opening goal of Declan Rice – West Ham midfielder’s first goal with England – Foden completed a Jadon Sancho pass to make it 3-0 before doubling the lead through a difficult corner.
With those two goals, Foden became the youngest player in England football history to score more than one goal at Wembley but for the midfielder, he was more relieved to be able to reciprocate the trust of his manager, Southgate.
“It happened in one of the best matches and it meant a lot to me,” Foden told Sky Sports.
“I did not stop smiling after scoring, it was an incredible feeling and I just tried and enjoyed it as much as possible.
“(The incident in Iceland) was one of the hardest moments of my life. At that point I needed the trust of the manager and Gareth was very respectful of me and it meant a lot to me. I just wanted to reciprocate his trust with goals and good performances.
“I am eager to return to action and do my best.
“I was a little nervous at first to join this camp but I did not wait long to adjust,” he said.
England finished in Group A2 UNL in third place although they have never lost in the last match every year since falling 0-1 to Germany in 2013.
With Mason Mount also finding a target in the match, it was also the first time three players under the age of 21 had scored for England in a similar match since doing so against Ireland in 1883.