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England hero Phil Foden reminds Gareth Southgate’s squad of bleach-blond promise ahead of Euro 2020 final with Italy

PHIL FODEN fears his England team-mates will break their promise by not copying his hairstyle.

The youngster got huge stick from the Three Lions squad when he turned up for Euro 2020 training with a bleached barnet, like Paul Gascoigne’s in 1996.

Phil Foden has reminded his team-mates about the bet to dye their hair too
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The Manchester City ace responded by getting the players to assure him they would all copy him if England won the tournament.

But now they are in tomorrow’s final, Foden is not convinced they will follow through on their word. He said: “I’ve told them, but I’m feeling they are not going to do it.

“We’ve still got a tough final ahead of us. If we win I’d like to think they would stick to their word, but we’ll see.”

Foden was sidelined for England’s final training session with a ‘minor knock’.

The 21-year-old says Gareth Southgate‘s squad know Wembley will be rocking for the final and warns it is vital England stars do not get distracted by the occasion.

And he revealed the players have been trying to relax in the build-up to facing Italy, by staying on top of the events in TV’s Love Island.

Foden added: “There will be so many emotions with the fans. The players have to stay focused and treat it like the first game of the tournament.

“Winning would be my proudest moment. Nothing can beat lifting a major trophy with your national team.


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“We’re keeping busy with a bit of basketball, darts and pool, and I’ve obviously been watching Love Island as well.

“I’ve never played basketball before so it’s new to me. I’ve had a few shots, but I’m more of a darts player really.”

Foden, 21, started England’s opening two games in the delayed Euros, when they beat Croatia 1-0 but drew to Scotland.

He was then rested in the 2-0 victory over Czech Republic and replaced by Bukayo Saka, and has not returned to the starting XI since.

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