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Ex-Man City star Richards: Foden unlike any other England player

Former Manchester City star Micah Richards has heaped praise on youngster Phil Foden.

Richards was speaking after Foden's 30-minute cameo against Newcastle United in the FA on Sunday, which came less than a week after his man-of-the-match performance against Burnley.

"A lot of people talk about David Silva; I think he's a little bit different to David Silva," Richards said on BBC Sport.

"He likes to get in the opposition's half a lot more and try to get in the final third and try to score a lot more than David Silva.

"He can see a pass, he's got terrific skill; he's like a five-a-side player playing in 11-a-side. He's just incredible."

Richards added that Foden's skillset makes him a unique player in the England set-up.

"It's good to see a young English talent who has got this sort of skill," he said. "Normally, we see a player with this sort of skill coming from a Spain or a Portugal.

"His confidence is growing and growing. Pep's [Guardiola] come out and said he doesn't want to sign anyone else in that position, and I think he's the man that can step up."

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