Kyle Walker reveals nickname for Phil Foden as Man City star confirms meaning behind goal celebration

Kyle Walker has revealed the very appropriate nickname for Phil Foden that inspired his goal celebration in the Manchester derby. 

Manchester City came from behind to beat bitter rivals Manchester United thanks to a double from Foden and one goal from Erling Haaland. 


Foden scored a double as Man City beat rivals Man United 3-1Credit: Getty

The 23-year-old starred at the Etihad Stadium and he is receiving plenty of plaudits from fans and ex-players alike. 

He netted his tenth and 11th goal of the Premier League season in the derby, continuing his trend of getting down on one knee and shaping his fingers like a gun to celebrate. 

Speaking post-match, Walker joined the Player of the Match for an interview and they discussed his goals, celebration and his nickname. 

Reacting to Foden’s first goal of the game on Sky Sports, Walker said: “We call him ‘The Sniper’ because he likes to shoot!” 


The reporter then interjected to say: “Hence the celebration”. To which Phil Foden confirmed: “Yeah, that’s the celebration…”

Walker continued: “When he comes in on the left foot you know he has the quality, calmness and composure to pick his spot.”

When asked how long City players have been calling Foden ‘The Sniper’, the right-back said: “Well, he’s been shooting since I’ve turned up, since 2017, he loves a shot!  

“He puts the work in, he is always doing extra shooting. His goals are coming in, he is reaping the rewards and he needs to keep these standards up.”

Walker and Foden joked about his nickname post-match


Walker and Foden joked about his nickname post-matchCredit: Sky Sports
Foden has done the same celebration all season and now we know why


Foden has done the same celebration all season and now we know whyCredit: AFP

Not only was Walker full of praise for Foden, Man City boss Pep Guardiola spoke incredibly highly of the England forward. 

On Foden’s form, Guardiola said: “It is the amount of games he is playing. He was always a talented player but now he is more mature and understands more the game, especially defensively. 

“He can play middle, right, make moments and cut inside, play in the left, scoring from the left. 

“What can I say? He is the best player in the Premier League right now for the amount of things he does. Unbelievable.

“When he scores two goals it gives me more pleasure than the other stuff. We don’t negotiate over that, the guy who doesn’t do that doesn’t stay in the team. 

“He loves football, he lives for football. He is a joy and his work ethic is unbelievable.”


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