Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has heaped praise on Manchester City and England star Phil Foden whilst talking to ITV Sport. The Forest boss managed the starlet during the Under-17 World Cup which England won in 2017.

Now, the City star is beginning to shine on the grandest stage of them all. He has started the last two games for the Three Lions, with France to come in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

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Foden was surprisingly omitted from the starting line-up earlier in the tournament. He didn’t start against Iran and didn’t even get off the bench as England drew 0-0 with the USA in their second group game.

That wasn’t the case for Foden in 2017. Cooper recognised talent and he made him integral to the fortunes of his Under-17 outfit, with the City sensation scoring twice in the final against Spain.

Ahead of England’s game with Senegal, ITV Sport produced a feature on Foden. Cooper was asked to provide some thoughts on Foden and it’s fair to say that he’s a huge fan of the player.

He told ITV Sport: “He was definitely different. Have a look at how we played in that game. It was just that we won, it was the way we won.

“Any team that wins any tournament needs difference makers and Phil is certainly one.”

Morgan Gibbs-White also played in that famous team of 2017. Earlier this week, he called Foden ‘magic’ and a freak of nature’ having starred alongside him during the Under-17 World Cup.

Cooper heaped praise on Foden and he could star for England v France

Gareth Southgate must refrain from making too many changes for this weekend’s game. England are in a good place and they must seriously believe that they can defeat the world champions.

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Foden is a generational talent. He’s a class act on and off the field, with England extremely lucky to have him within their ranks at a World Cup.

Cooper helped to unearth Foden. He handed him the platform to go and play at the Under-17 World Cup and that experience has clearly placed him in good stead.

His development also offers a timely reminder that Forest are lucky to have Cooper. He’s a master at nurturing young talent and the Reds should reap the rewards of that in the coming years.

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