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Foden joins Kane and Bellingham to become fourth England player to achieve feat

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Foden joins Kane and Bellingham to become fourth England player to achieve feat

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Phil Foden’s stunning performance against Aston Villa has seen the Manchester City star join a talented group of fellow English superstars.

The 23-year-old scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Unai Emery’s side on Wednesday night to keep City’s title hopes alive.

Foden boosted his goal tally to a fantastic 21 for the season with City

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Foden boosted his goal tally to a fantastic 21 for the season with CityCredit: Getty

His first came from a rather soft free-kick, the second a low finish and the third a fantastic strike into the top-right corner, the best of the lot.

Foden’s goals have increased his tally to 21 in all competitions for the season so far, an excellent record at this stage of the campaign.

And he has now joined three of his fellow countrymen in a group that boast an impressive number of combined goal contributions.

The City star is the fourth English player to hit at least 20 goals and ten assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

Harry Kane leads the way for Three Lions stars on 37 goals and 12 assists for Bayern Munich and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins follows with 22 and ten.

Foden’s 21 goals and ten assists put him third in the Three Lions list, with Jude Bellingham next on 20 and ten for Real Madrid.

The only non-Englishman to also hit such levels is Mohamed Salah, who sits on a whopping 22 goals and 13 assists with Liverpool.

Foden is also another young England star to hit 30 goal contributions this season and joins Bellingham and Chelsea’s Cole Palmer in doing so.

Kane boasts the most contributions out of those to hit 20 goals and ten assists

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Kane boasts the most contributions out of those to hit 20 goals and ten assistsCredit: Getty
Watkins has also enjoyed great success in front of goal at Villa

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Watkins has also enjoyed great success in front of goal at VillaCredit: Getty
Madrid have seen Bellingham hit equally as impressive numbers in his debut season

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Madrid have seen Bellingham hit equally as impressive numbers in his debut seasonCredit: Getty

Having completed his hat-trick midway through the second-half, Pep Guardiola opted to bring him off for the final ten minutes of the win.

City fans gave him an excellent reception as he made his way off, and Troy Deeney waxed lyrical about his continued improvement.

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Speaking on commentary for talkSPORT, he said: “He just gets better every time you watch him play.

“More mature, more skilful, more elegant, whichever word you want to describe him as. He is brilliant and he is definitely man of the match today.”

Liverpool's Salah is another star to be named in such a presitgious list

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Liverpool’s Salah is another star to be named in such a presitgious listCredit: Getty
At this rate, Foden's total tally is only going to get higher and higher

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At this rate, Foden’s total tally is only going to get higher and higherCredit: Getty

Should Foden continue such fine form until the end of the season, he could prove key in City’s defence of both their Premier League and Champions League crowns.

He is also very likely to be named in England’s squad for Euro 2024, with some the Three Lions’ current crop boasting incredible numbers.

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