'He has his own opinions' - Foden hits back at Pep criticism and promises to let training speak for him

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Phil Foden has promised to let his football do the talking as he responded to Pep Guardiola’s criticism that he needs more assertiveness.

Foden has been seen as one of the bright young prospects at Manchester City and with England, but has struggled for game-time with the Premier League champions.

Pep Guardiola recently declared Foden “a shy guy” and believes he should start showing more assertiveness like the more senior members of the City side.

However, Foden is not ready to change, and believes his football in training will prove he is ready for increased game time.

“He has his own opinions and I stick by how I am," Foden told reporters. “I just know that I’m ready to play. I feel like I am. I try to show him every day in training.

“There is a bit of team-mates telling me to be patient but obviously I’m hungry and want to play now. I’m going to fight for it every day. I’m ready to play whenever.”

Foden is currently with the England Under-21s, and started as his side fought back to defeat Turkey to open up their play in Euro U-21 qualifying.

The Man City youngster received high marks for his performance, and admitted he was hopeful his club manager was able to tune in to see.

“It will be nice if Pep watched the Turkey game but maybe he’s taken a little holiday to play golf or something! I wouldn’t blame him," Foden said.

“It’s massively important to start with a win. It gives your team a boost; when you don’t get off to a good start sometimes it can affect you.

“It’s going to take a couple of games. We can already see the potential that the group has and we are only going in the right direction.”

The England U-21 side are next in action on Monday against Kosovo and Foden will return to Manchester City at the weekend fo face Norwich in Premier League action.