Foden returning to England after birth of third child

Phil Foden
Phil Foden of Manchester City celebrates victory on pitch with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on April 03, 2024 in Manchester, England.

England midfielder Phil Foden will return to Euro 2024 Germany after travelling to the United Kingdom for the birth of his third child.

The 24-year-old left the England camp for what the Football Association said on Wednesday was a "pressing family matter".

Foden, who has 37 caps, has started all three of England's group games at the tournament.

England play Slovakia in the last 16 on Monday (NZT) in Gelsenkirchen and Foden should be involved in training on Saturday.

Manager Gareth Southgate's side finished top of Group C with five points from three matches.

In April, Foden and his partner Rebecca Cooke announced on Instagram they were expecting a third child.

The couple's other children are son Ronnie, five, and daughter True, who is two years old.

Southgate support

Meanwhile, manager Gareth Southgate has the full support of all players in his England squad, according to defender Marc Guehi.

The England team were booed off following the 0-0 draw in their final group game with Slovenia and some empty cups were thrown at the Southgate as he applauded supporters.

Gareth Southgate has been appointed permanent football manager of EnglandEngland football manager Gareth Southgate Photo: AFP

The result was enough for the Three Lions to finish as group winners and they will play Slovakia in the last 16 on Sunday.

"He has been fantastic for England. If you look at his record, it speaks for itself," 23-year-old Guehi said.

"Everyone is behind the manager and we have a really close tight-knit group just focused on the next group. Everyone appreciates him, especially me.

"He gave me my debut for England and he's showed so much confidence in me. I am really grateful and I'm sure the rest of the team is as well."

"I don't think the team is too focused on that," he said. "We are thankful for all of the fan support because they have travelled to see us.

"It is a calm and focused camp. Everyone is just focused on the next task at hand."

As a result of winning their group, England have a path through the knockouts which avoids many of the other major nations.

Spain, Germany, Portugal, France and Belgium are all on the other side of the draw and England cannot play any of them before the final, but Guehi believes there is no easy route to the showpiece in Berlin on 14 July.

"Everyone has seen in this competition that I don't think there is a favourable side of the draw," he said. "Every opponent is tough to play against.

"We just need to remain calm. We put pressure on ourselves, but it's a very calm and focused environment. We just need to continue focusing on one thing at a time."

Guehi is forming a solid partnership at the back with Manchester City defender Stones and England have conceded only one goal during the three games so far.

"I think what builds confidence is togetherness and performances," Guehi said.

"We haven't lost a game yet. It's important for us to control what we can control."

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