Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney hails rival player as one of the best players in the Premier League

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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has hailed Manchester City’s Phil Foden as one of the best players in the Premier League this season.

The United all-time goalscorer has backed Foden to be part of England’s European Championship squad this summer, even suggesting he should be in the starting XI.

“I think [my advice] for Phil Foden is to keep doing what he’s doing,” Derby County manager Rooney told reporters.

“I think he has been one of the best players in the league this season. Guardiola has managed him really well.

“I spoke to him a couple of times and you could see he is a very level-headed lad. So, to keep doing what he’s doing. He’s entertaining to watch, great to watch.

“I think there’s a few players, not just him, [such as] Jack Grealish who bring something different to the national team. They have to be in the squad for the Euros and arguably have to play. They are that good.

“He’s scoring, he’s assisting and hopefully he can carry that form on with the national team.”