Phil Foden names just one Liverpool player in dream Premier League XI as Steven Gerrard left out

Phil Foden has selected his Premier League all-time XI.
Phil Foden has selected his Premier League all-time XI. -Credit:2024 Marc Atkins

Manchester City star Phil Foden has picked a Premier League all-time XI, and one Liverpool player features in it. The 23-year-old was asked to name his all-time XI, and some names who appeared on the list have raised eyebrows.

In goal, Foden selected his current Manchester City teammate Ederson, who is considered one of the best in the world at the moment. In defense, Foden opted for a back four, no doubt owning to English tradition, and named another current City teammate in Kyle Walker at right-back. Alongside Walker was former City defender and now current Burnley boss Vincent Kompany, who was chosen with Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk. At left-back, Foden plumped for former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole.

In midfield, Foden again went the traditionalist route and selected a four-man midfield, consisting of Cristiano Ronaldo on the right, a central duo of Patrick Vieira and David Silva, with Arsenal and French legend Thierry Henry shunted out to the left wing, just as he had been early in his career at Monaco and Juventus. In attack, Foden told the Daily Mail that he was going to opt for Sergio Agüero with Wayne Rooney.

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In total, Foden picked six former and current City players in his all-time Premier League XI. Perhaps showing some recency bias, Foden also didn't select anyone who played in the Premier League in the 1990s except for Henry and Vieira, with Henry only joining Arsenal in the summer of 1999.

His selection was met with scorn on the internet, with some criticizing him for not including Kevin De Bruyne and putting Henry on the wing. There was also some question marks around Foden leaving out the likes of Denis Bergkamp, Gianfranco Zola, Roy Keane, Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Paul Scholes, and the inclusion of so many City players, especially Walker and Ederson.

Foden has been in terrific form for City this season, scoring 22 goals in 46 games and providing some 10 assists for Pep Guardiola's side as they attempt to retain the Premier League title. City was knocked out of Europe this week by Real Madrid on penalties after the game finished 4-4 on aggregate. says: Foden's team, while clearly his own opinion, is highly questionable. The inclusions of Walker and Ederson, as highlighted by others on social media, are the most dubious. Steven Gerrard could also feel highly aggrieved for not making it, as could plenty of others.