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Phil Foden leaves England squad and returns to UK

Phil Foden leaves England squad and returns to UK

The FA announced that the Manchester City and England forward has returned home

England attacker Phil Foden has temporarily left the Euro 2024 squad due to personal reasons, the FA have announced.

The 24-year-old, who plays his club football for Manchester City, started in all three of England's Euro group stage games, and is expected to be a key part of Southgate's plans ahead of the knockout stages, which kicks off on Saturday (29 June).

News of the reigning Premier League player of the year's current absence from the team comes just one day after England's final group stage game, a 0-0 draw against Slovenia, which cemented top spot in Group C for the Three Lions.

The tricky attacker has made his way back to the UK. (Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
The tricky attacker has made his way back to the UK. (Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

This afternoon (26 June), the FA announced that Foden has temporarily left the England camp and returned to the UK for a 'pressing family matter'.

Fans have been quick to show their support for England's no.11 in the comments of the post.

One user said: "Hopefully nothing too serious."

Another posted: "Let’s hope it’s nothing serious. Family are always first."

A third shared: "Hope his family are ok. He's been our best player last 2 games."

Following the original announcement, football journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that Foden was heading back to the UK for the birth of his child.

He wrote on X: "Phil Foden, back home to be present for the birth of his third child.

"He’s expected to be back with the England squad at Euro 2024 by Sunday."

Foden has started England's group games on the left wing, not his preferred position, as the Three Lions have struggled to muster a good performance against the likes of Serbia, Denmark, or Slovenia.

A 1-0 win in their opening game was followed by a 1-1 draw to Denmark and a bore 0-0 draw against Slovenia, which against all odds, was enough to secure England's progression into the round of 16 as group-toppers, set to face one of the best third-placed sides.

The draw also rounded off the lowest scoring group in Euros history. Not a good look.

The attacker, along with a lot of other Three Lions players, has struggled to make his mark so far. (Sebastian El-Saqqa - firo sportphoto/Getty Images)
The attacker, along with a lot of other Three Lions players, has struggled to make his mark so far. (Sebastian El-Saqqa - firo sportphoto/Getty Images)

England fans will be hoping that the Three Lions can dig deep and find an extra level in the knockout stages, with several left disappointed and unimpressed by the team, who were odds on favourites to win the Euros, and their performances.

Southgate has previously cited 'limitations' in the players' physical conditions, that means that they can't press the opposition as high as he'd like them too.

England only mustered four shots on target on Tuesday night against a stubborn Slovenia side, who are ranked 57th in the world, which is 52 places lower than the Three Lions.

With the daunting task of playing against the Netherlands in the round of 16 looking more and more likely, fans will be hoping and praying that Southgate tries something different ahead of the upcoming clash, which will take place on Sunday 30 June at 5pm.

Featured Image Credit: Alex Grimm/Getty Images / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Topics: Euro 2024, Football, Sport