Future looks bright for former Norwich City academy keeper Angus Gunn under Pep Guardiola
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It hasn't been all doom and gloom for English goalkeepers at Manchester City since Pep Guardiola swept into the club: just ask Angus Gunn.
While Hart was unceremoniously cut adrift by Guardiola before being loaned to Torino, the future is bright for England Under-21 international Gunn, who could not have made a better first impression.
Guardiola gave Gunn – who is the son of former Norwich keeper Bryan – an unexpected early test during their pre-season tour of China, pitching him on for the second half of the friendly against Borussia Dortmund.
The Norfolk-born keeper went on to save three penalties as City won 6-5 prompting Guardiola to ask the 20-year-old about his impressive penalty-saving exploits.
'When we had a chat later on, he (Guardiola) congratulated me and wanted to know about my penalty technique. He is a very passionate guy and he has been great with us.
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'He is very approachable and you can talk to him about anything.'
With Sunderland's Jordan Pickford absent from the squad because of a slight thigh injury, Gunn will be in goal for the Under-21s crucial Euro 2017 qualifier against Norway in Colchester tomorrow.
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Gunn, who left the Canaries in 2011 for £250,000 – a fee set by a tribunal – was part of Gareth Southgate's squad that won the Toulon Tournament in May and hopes the last few months prove to be the start of a journey that lasts as long as his dad's 20-year playing career.
'I wasn't old enough to see my dad play but I've seen the videos,' said Gunn. 'He is a constant source of help and is always there if I need him.'