Men's Team

Foden confident of England’s Euro 2020 chances

Phil Foden believes England are capable of going all the way in this summer’s European Championships.

The midfielder was given the nod alongside City teammates John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad ahead of the tournament.

The Three Lions’ campaign kicks off this Sunday when they lock horns with Croatia at Wembley, hoping to gain revenge for a World Cup semi-final exit in 2018.

Foden is one of sixteen players yet to turn out for England in a major tournament, but he insists that the squad’s anticipation and excitement far outweigh any pre-tournament nerves.

"I don't feel pressure. I feel excited," he declared in a press conference ahead of the Croatia match.


“It's my first time at a major tournament with England. I'm excited to see what happens and what the future holds.

"I just want to say the quality is very high.

“Yes we have a lot of young players but they can play at the highest level and we've seen that this year.

"Of course, we have the experience of Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson around the team too which is important. I think we have a great balance.

“I think we'll look really strong in this tournament and why not? We could win it.”

The 21-year-old has taken social media by storm after revealing a new bleach blond look on his instagram story ahead of the tournament.

Foden's technical quality and ability to glide past opponents has already drawn comparisons with former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, and his new hairstyle harkens back to Gazza’s famous style from Euro ’96.

Asked about the inspiration behind the change, the young midfielder joked that he hopes it will help him to emulate Gascoigne’s exploits this summer.

"First of all, I've had the same haircut for ages so I wanted something new,” he revealed.

“I woke up this morning to all the comparisons to Gazza and Eminem. It was my own thing! It's all been positives. I'm surprised about that.

"I remember watching highlights on TV of Gazza. I know what it means for the country. It wouldn't be too bad if I tried to bring a bit of Gazza on the pitch."