Roy Keane in agreement with Jamie Carragher over Phil Foden-Paul Scholes comparison

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Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher have both claimed that Phil Foden is starting to show some of the qualities that made Paul Scholes a Manchester United legend.

The Man City star scored twice at Wembley as England thumped Iceland 4-0 in the final Nations League group game.

Foden already has two goals for City this season and has now opened his account for the national side as his rapid development continues.

Keane was full of praise for the 20-year-old, suggesting his intelligent off-the-ball runs are reminiscent of his former Red Devils teammate.

Phil Foden opened his England account in the win over Iceland
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"I love this first goal, we're talking about making runs in the box right at the end, a bit like Paul Scholes used to do. Sometimes it's about standing still and that's football intelligence," he told ITV.

"He's 20 years of age. Excellent performance. He made a mistake a couple of months ago. He'll be delighted with that. He's a great prospect."

And Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was similarly impressed with the midfielder’s performance, as he, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish linked up to perfection.

"He's just a quality player. Wherever he is he can probably handle the ball as well as anyone in the England team," Carragher told Sky Sports.

Roy Keane claimed that parts of Foden's game was reminiscent of Scholes
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"England don't really produce players like Foden and that's why he's so exciting. I think he could play the role [Mason] Mount played tonight as well.

"The good thing for me was getting four quality attacking players onto that pitch. It was nice to see the interchanging of players who looked like they were enjoying playing."

Foden scored England’s third of the game after a driving run from deep led to a precise shot from outside of the penalty area.

And that ability to score from distance saw Carragher make yet another comparison with the former Man United midfielder.

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Foden's ability to strike from distance was compared to the Man Utd legend
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On Foden's first goal, Carragher added: "I think a lot of players are probably discouraged to have shots from distance, getting into expected goals, getting really technical ideas.

"We don't see it as often as we used to in the past, [Paul] Scholes, [Steven] Gerrard, [Frank] Lampard hitting so many shots in a game, but he definitely looks like he's got the ability to strike the ball cleanly from that distance.

"Phil's perfect coming inside on that left foot, that's a big part of his armoury as a player. He says he wants to improve it so we know it's in his head."

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