Foden admits he's been surprised by Ben White amid £50m Arsenal transfer links

Man City star Foden says White has been ‘brilliant’ in training ahead of next week’s Euro 2020 last-16 clash with Germany as Mikel Arteta’s side close in on a move

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Phil Foden says Ben White is the England player who has surprised him the most as Arsenal close in on a £50m move for the defender.

White has attracted the Gunners’ attention after helping Brighton stay in the Premier League last season, following his impressive loan spell with promotion-winning Leeds United the previous campaign.

Arsenal look set to land the 23-year-old in the summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta looks to replace the departing David Luiz.

Foden, who cemented a place as a first-choice pick for Manchester City last term, admitted he hadn’t seen much of White prior to linking up with him for the Three Lions.

But he says White has been “brilliant” since joining Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad as a replacement for injured Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Phil Foden in England training with Harry Kane and Ben White



Asked which England player had surprised him most, Foden told ITV: “You know I really haven’t seen a lot of Ben and he came in and has been brilliant in training, so I’d say Ben White.”

Foden started England’s first two group stage matches but was hauled off just before the hour mark in last week’s goalless draw against Scotland.

He was subsequently rested against the Czech Republic after picking up a booking, with Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish impressing on their first tournament starts.

Foden is now desperate to regain his place for Tuesday’s last-16 clash against old rivals Germany.

And he said England’s current generations “want to create our own history” after famous defeats at the 1990 World Cup or Euro 96..

“I’m hoping, come the Germany game, we can just express ourselves,” he said. “With the attackers we’ve got we can really hurt them, so hopefully we turn up. We’re as good as anyone on our day.”

The 21-year-old added: “Obviously, I wasn’t born when all of this rivalry was going on. We’re a new team now and we want to create our own history.

“You can’t think too much about what’s happened in the past. We’re just going to focus on the game and create our own future

“Hopefully, I can get the opportunity to play again and show what I am about. I feel like I’ve still got so much more to show this tournament. Like I’ve done for my club, I’ve been scoring a lot of goals and I just want to continue that form into the national team.

“And I believe that, hopefully in the next game, I can start getting involved in the goals.”


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