England are said to be ready to call up one of the best teenagers in the English Premier League, Phil Foden to the National team after showing blistering performance in the start of the season for his club Manchester City.
England play their first UEFA Nations League match against Spain at the start of September before facing Switzerland in a friendly three days later.
Southgate has been travelling the country since the start of the new Premier League campaign in a bid to finalise his squad for their first matches since the 2018 World Cup.
The Three Lions boss has spoken at length with City manager Pep Guardiola about Foden’s development and is considering the 18-year-old for his squad.
The teenage midfielder only earned his first cap for the England U19’s earlier this year but Southgate could fast-track his progress to the seniors.
Foden is regarded as one of the brightest talents in English football and got his first minutes of the new Premier League campaign against Huddersfield last weekend.
Foden inspired England’s U17’s to World Cup glory in 2017 and was named the best player at the tournament after scoring twice in a 5-2 win over Spain in the final.
In July 2017, Foden was included in Manchester City’s squad for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, where he performed impressively in a 0–2 loss to Manchester United and also started in a 4–1 win over Real Madrid.
Guardiola stated after the Manchester United match: “It’s a long time since I saw something like this. His performance was another level. He’s 17-years-old, he’s a City player, he grew up in the academy, he loves the club, he’s a City fan and for us he’s a gift.”
After making several appearances on the bench at the start of the 2017–18 season, Foden made his Manchester City debut on 21 November 2017 in a Champions League game against Feyenoord, coming on in the 75th minute for Yaya Touré.
The City youngster got eight minutes at the end of their 6-1 win over the Terriers, but did provide an assist in a 76-minute performance in the Community Shield win over Chelsea at the start of the month.
He is yet to start a Premier League game, making only six substitute appearances since the start of last season and an England call-up would be a sensational step in his development.