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Phil Foden is grateful to Gareth Southgate for giving him a second chance

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09 Jun 2021
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The pair were sent home for violating Covid guidelines after making their international debut on a trip to Iceland amid accusations of inviting the girls back to their hotel room.

 

Foden has made a huge mistake

Phil Foden is thankful to Gareth Southgate for handling a dispute in September last year that saw both him and Mason Greenwood sacked out from England duty. The pair were sent home for violating Covid guidelines after making their international debut on a trip to Iceland amid accusations of inviting the girls back to their hotel room. However, Foden returned to the international setup amid running sensational form for Manchester City. Ahead of the European Championships, the 21-year-old is grateful to England boss Southgate for giving him a second chance. “I made a huge mistake,” the player told reporters. “I was young. But Gareth said that if I keep doing well and continue performing, I should get another opportunity.”

The player is grateful to Southgate for giving him another chance

“So I had to work a lot on it, and there aren’t many managers who would give you another chance, so I have to thank Gareth for giving me another opportunity. I was a massive fan of England growing up,” Foden noted. “I couldn’t name just one player and I just loved the whole team. There were so many great players together. We should have got more from the squad we had. We want to focus on what we’re going to do now and create our own story”. Despite being born four years after Euro 96, Foden featured a bleached hairstyle that has led to similarity with England national team legend Paul Gascoigne. Phil is also known to enjoy collecting Panini stickers for his albums.

“The last time I was in England, they gave us a collection to complete,” he said when asked about his collection. “That’s how I had that in my room when I was bored. Just put them down, do something, and then I started enjoying it even more. So I started collecting a few more, and I’m still doing it now.” Born in Stockport, it is also well known that Foden is a boyhood supporter of Manchester City, having recently started his club’s first-ever Champions League final, in which they lost 1-0 to Chelsea through a goal from Kai Havertz.

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