Gary Lineker in awe of Phil Foden and drops F-bomb over Man City’s title-winning hero

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Gary Lineker was in awe of Phil Foden on Sunday -Credit:YouTube/TheRestIsFootball

Gary Lineker was left in awe of Phil Foden following the Manchester City star's stunning performance over the weekend.

Foden concluded his remarkable season with a man of the match display against West Ham to help City clinch a record fourth successive title, fresh from winning the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season awards.

He made an immediate impact, netting a sensational goal from outside the box within two minutes. Later, he doubled his tally with a precise finish inside the area, securing a 3-1 victory for City and showcasing his exceptional talent throughout the season.

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Match of the Day host Lineker couldn't contain his admiration for the 23-year-old prodigy. Overcome by Foden's brilliance, Lineker resorted to expletives while discussing the player's influence on The Rest Is Football podcast with Alan Shearer and Micah Richards, reports the Mirror.

Lineker exclaimed: "In terms of today's game, I've got three words: Phil [f-bomb] Foden!" eliciting a reaction from Micah Richards. He added: "When you've just received the Footballer of the Year award, that is the way to announce it. What a goal, that first one!"

Shearer joined in the praise, saying: "He has been phenomenal. The guy has got so much natural talent it's just unbelievable. He is already a great. He's got six titles?!"

Upon realising his own age, Shearer chuckled: "At 23! Six titles. It's ridiculous. He is a sensational footballer, we've said it so many times because that's exactly what he is."

Lineker followed this up by discussing Foden's noticeable confidence, which he claimed was a new quality. "I was at the Football Writers' dinner when they gave him the award on Thursday night," he revealed.

"Sadly he wasn't there because Pep wouldn't let him go, understandably so with this game coming up. They did a little film of him - an interview - and you could see what it meant to him. He came across really well but he also came across with a great deal of maturity and confidence, which I've perhaps not seen before. I think he knows how good he is.

"He does it in a different way to someone like Jude Bellingham, who has got that amazing presence and aura. But you can see that creeping into Foden more and more now because he's not only established himself in the first team, he's Pep Guardiola's go-to. He's one of the big dogs".

Foden took part in 35 out of City's total of 38 league contests this season - his most appearances thus far. This indicates the enhanced responsibility he's carried for Pep Guardiola 's side, filling in for Kevin De Bruyne when needed.

Foden, as an England international, broke his own individual records for goals and assists, scoring 19 and assisting eight respectively in the league. Across all competitions, he netted an additional eight goals.