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'Future England star': Sunderland fans in awe of Manchester City loanee's Saturday display

Manchester City loaned Callum Doyle to Sunderland on Friday.

By Saturday, the Citizens academy ace had already become a fan favourite at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson gave Doyle his Black Cats debut in the pre-season friendly at Hearts.

Despite being just 17, the Manchester City loanee showed composure and class beyond his years.

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Doyle was simply excellent defensively, didn’t put a foot wrong, and helped Sunderland record a clean sheet.

At the other end, Aiden McGeady helped himself to a brace.

The veteran opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 14 minutes and fired in a great finish on 41 minutes.

But so impressive was Doyle that the Sunderland Twitter page singled him out for praise.

And fans were just as impressed – here’s what they said in response:

Doyle was a key figure for his club’s Under-23s last season, helping them win the Premier League 2 title.

He made 12 U23s appearances and also played in two EFL Trophy matches.

Doyle even helped City’s Under-18s win their league title, making 14 appearances for them.

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