England manager Gareth Southgate revealed during his press conference that Phil Foden could miss the Euro 2020 final against Italy. He could not take part in the last training session as a precaution after picking up a knock. Southgate confirmed that the rest of the squad all trained without any injury concerns. He also confirmed that the whole squad had passed the UEFA-mandated PCR coronavirus tests before the game.
“We’ve been on the bus for the last couple of hours so the medical team will give us an update later,” Southgate said about England forward Phil Foden. “He’s definitely doubtful although it’s not something serious. It’s just whether it will keep him out of this particular game.”
Foden has featured in three games in the tournament so far including an appearance in the semifinal against Denmark. He replaced Mason Mount in extra time. Foden has represented England from the under 16 levels and won the under 17 World Cup in India four years ago.
“There are going to be so many emotions for the final with all the fans there,” Foden said. “But as players, we have just got to stay focused and treat it like it was the first game of the tournament. We don’t need to change anything as we’ve been brilliant in every game and (hopefully) we can get over the line. To reach the final in our home stadium with the fans behind us is just an unbelievable feeling.”
“And to be the first England team to reach the European Championship final just shows how special the squad is and how much work we have put in,” he added. “It’s been difficult without seeing our families as much as normal, but we are just so delighted to have reached the final and I think it’s what we deserve. We know we’ve got a very tough final ahead of us, but we are all excited.”