Phil Foden wasn't even old enough to drink in a pub the last time England faced Iceland.

But for years to come he will be filling them with Three Lions fans, who will find themselves raising a glass to someone who will have become the heartbeat of Gareth Southgate's side.

Foden was just 16 on that fateful night in Nice when England crashed out of Euro 2016 following a humbling and humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland.

Barely 12 months later he was inspiring his England U17 side to World Cup glory, marking himself down as a genuine superstar of the future.

Since then it was just a matter of when and not if Foden would make his senior debut.

Foden was not at his best as England beat Iceland

It took longer than we all anticipated as he battled to establish himself in Pep Guardiola's Manchester City team, but that time came last night in Reykjavik.

For the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Eric Dier this Nations League group game might have been about revenge and redemption.

But for Foden, who became the 50th City player to win a full England cap, it was more about proving he has the temperament to go with the talent and show he is comfortable on the biggest stage.

Foden started on the left side of a midfield. His preferred position is being more central, but Foden just looked delighted to be out there.

Foden was handed a surprise start by manager Southgate

He had three opponents around him when he touched the ball for the first time in the second minute and drew a foul, before combining well with club team-mate Sterling as England looked to dominate their inferior opponents.

The 20-year-old wanted the ball and when he got it came it appeared glued to his left foot.

He is still developing the art of playing between the lines and finding space in tight areas, but the longer the game went on the more frustrated Foden became. He was trying too hard.

He threw his hands in the air when an intelligent run into the box came to nothing as another England attack broke down. It was becoming one of those games.

Foden is still expected to be a superstar of the future for England

Southgate had described Foden as a 'beautiful player' in the build up, but this was in serious danger of turning ugly.

Having waited so long to get his chance, this wouldn't have been how Foden had imagined his debut would go when he went to bed the night before.

But he wasn't alone in struggling to make an impact - and it would be churlish to be too harsh on someone who will need time to adjust to what is a significant step up. We are too quick to build people up then knock them down.

This wasn't his finest hour, granted, but there will be many of those to come because Foden's international adventure is just starting and he showed glimpses of his potential greatness with one stunning diagonal ball into the path of Jadon Sancho.

Foden has the potential to become an England great after making his debut

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It was his last contribution before being substituted on 68 minutes in a change that was no reflection of his performance, but more about the need for Southgate to get another striker on.

Foden is different. He relies on brains instead of brawn. He sees things others don't and is in safe hands under the guidance and leadership of Guardiola and Southgate.

Alongside the likes of Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, Foden could well prove to be the brightest star of them all.