Stockport-born youngster Phil Foden has written his name into the Manchester City history books after being named in Pep Guardiola’s Champions League squad to face Celtic.
At just 16 years and 193 days old, Foden will become the third youngest player to have worn the City shirt in a competitive match behind Glyn Pardoe and Paul Simpson.
He will also become the Club’s youngest ever UEFA Champions League debutant if he makes it on to the pitch in the Group C clash with the Scottish champions.
The midfielder, born on May 28 2000, will also become the fourth youngest to have featured across all of Europe in the Champions League era behind Celestine Babayaro, Alen Halilovic and Youri Tielemans.
Foden has been at the Club since U9 level and has shone as part of City’s unbeaten U18 Premier League side this season. That form has seen him rewarded with the opportunity to make his first team debut in Europe’s elite club competition.
The left-footed playmaker, who can play in central midfield or in a wide position, has scored eight goals in 11 U18 Premier League appearances since moving up from the U16s after signing his scholarship in July 2016.
The youngster’s impressive strike rate has included goals in both the home and away fixtures with Manchester United - with his finish in the final ten minutes of last Saturday’s draw at Carrington sealing a point for Lee Carsley’s table toppers.
It’s not just goals the England youth international offers. His eye for a searching pass and ability to glide past opponents from his usual central midfield berth has been integral to the unstoppable form of City’s youngsters.
Alongside his Premier League duties, Foden has also appeared in City’s UEFA Youth League side as well as starring as England U17s breezed through October’s qualifying round for the 2017 European Championships.
Congratulations and good luck, Phil!