Phil Foden: Micah Richards shut down Sol Campbell after comments about Man City star

Phil Foden enjoyed yet another impressive campaign at Manchester City in 2021/22.

The England international was a regular in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI and helped the team win a fourth Premier League title in the space of five years.

Across all competitions, Foden finished with 14 goals and 11 assists from 45 appearances, a mighty fine return.

The ‘Stockport Iniesta’ was rewarded for his efforts with the PFA Young Premier League Player of the Year award, which he also won in 2021/21.

Foden is close to breaking into the world-class bracket and if he continues to improve under Guardiola, he may win a Ballon d’Or at some point in his career.

The youngster’s brilliance in a City shirt during recent seasons has unsurprisingly resulted in him becoming very famous.

Most fans of English football know all there is to know about Foden. Well, apart from Arsenal legend Sol Campbell.

In the 2020/21 campaign, Campbell was shut down live on Sky Sports by Micah Richards for not realising that Foden was left-footed.

The hilarious moment came after City’s 1-0 home win over Arsenal, the only goal of the game from Raheem Sterling coming from Bernd Leno parrying Foden’s shot on goal into his path.

After the conclusion of the match, Campbell gave his take on the goal and questioned why Hector Bellerin didn’t show Foden on to his ‘weaker’ left foot.

He said in the studio: “For me, as a manager, I’d say look: ‘If he does you outside… you know [Foden’s] right-footed as well. You [Bellerin] should know that already, who is right and left-footed.

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“Once those guys get into your zone… as a defender you should know: left or right, or maybe both.”

Oh dear. Richards couldn’t hold it together after Campbell’s gaffe and decided to intervene, which was probably to the relief of every single fan watching the coverage.

“Foden’s left,” the ex-City defender said, while still sounding rather bemused by his colleague’s lack of knowledge on English football’s rising star.

Check out footage of the incident here…

Video: Richards shuts down Campbell over Foden comments

It was incredibly awkward – and incredibly funny.

Campbell had an absolute ‘mare and you expect far better from a man who believes he is “one of the greatest minds in football”.

“I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life,” Campbell said after missing out on the Oxford United job in 2018, per The Independent.

“I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.”

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