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Future looks bright for former Norwich City academy keeper Angus Gunn under Pep Guardiola

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 07:55 05 September 2016

Angus Gunn in action for Manchester City U21s at Carrow Road. 

Angus Gunn in action for Manchester City U21s at Carrow Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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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.

“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.

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.”

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