Phil Foden revealed he has no qualms about being compared to Paul Gascoigne at Euro 2020. Foden arrived at St. Georges Park for training with his hair dyed blonde. This only intensified the comparisons with the England legend. He famously sported the same look and drove England to a semi-final run at Euro 1996.
Foden enjoyed a breakthrough season with Manchester City scoring 16 goals in all competitions. He won the PFA Young Player of the Year along with the Premier League and the Carabao Cup. They missed out on the treble when they lost to Chelsea by a solitary goal. Foden missed both warm-up games as the Chelsea and City players were given an extended break after the finals.
“I remember watching highlights on the TV of Gazza – an unbelievable player,” Phil Foden said days before the start of Euro 2020. “The full nation knows what he means to the country and what he did, so it won’t be too bad if I try to bring a bit of Gazza on to the pitch.”
“I don’t think you can listen too much to what people are saying. I have to try and keep my feet on the ground and just being me and keep doing what has done well for me this year,” he added. “I try and come off social media as much as I can. Not try and read it too much.”
Foden revealed that a lot of emphasis is put on young players during major international tournaments. Gareth Southgate’s England team are one of the youngest in the tournament with an average age of 25.
“I believe that is true,” he replied when asked if players are elevated too early. “When someone is doing well, the media jump all over it but we have a lot of young players in the team.”