Almost three years ago to the day that they played starring roles as England won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden will be on opposing sides in the Premier League.
“Phil is a great player and lovely to play with," Brewster said. "He played on the right in that tournament and when he would come off the line, we just knew each other, I knew where to run, he knew where to play the pass, so we connected well and he got quite a few assists for me.
Both players were among the scorers in the 5-2 win against Spain in India, with Brewster earning the Golden Boot and Foden named Man of the Match in the final and Player of the Tournament.
Since then, the 20-year-old striker has gone on to join Sheffield United this summer, while Foden is thriving at Manchester City, who face the Blades at Bramall Lane this weekend.
“I am glad for him, he fully deserves it, he has won the Premier League and has a big role for Man City this season, the team he grew up playing for and I am happy for him and happy to see what he is doing.”
A graduate of the Liverpool Academy, Brewster recently made his Premier League debut in the Blades' 1-1 draw with Fulham and outlined his ambitions for the rest of the season.
“It was good, I was happy and hopefully there will be many more Premier League appearances for me," he added.
“I want to score some goals for the Blades, get some more appearances under my belt and finish as high as we can in the table.”
Brewster and Foden are two of the seven players from the World Cup-winning Under-17s from three years ago to play in the Premier League, along with Morgan Gibbs-White, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Conor Gallagher, Angel Gomes and Emile Smith-Rowe, while England international Jadon Sancho was in the same side.
"That age group was unbelievable," Brewster added. "And to have several people play in the Premier League and everyone's doing their little bit now, which is good to see."