England: Foden ‘temporarily leaves’ Euro 2024 camp to return home for birth of his third child

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England star Phil Foden
Phil Foden was taken off in extra time before the penalty shootout against Switzerland.

Manchester City star Phil Foden has temporarily left England’s Euro 2024 camp to return home for a “pressing family matter”, the Football Association have confirmed.

The City midfielder started all three of England’s group-stage matches in Germany as Gareth Southgate’s side progressed to the knockout stages by finishing top of Group C on five points.

However, the Football Association confirmed on Wednesday that Foden would now leave the team’s Spa and GolfResort Weimarer Land base for a spell so he can return home.

“Phil Foden has temporarily left the England camp and returned to the UK for a pressing family matter,” an FA spokesperson said.

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The PA news agency understands Foden has returned home as his partner is expecting the birth of their third child.

He is expected to rejoin the squad ahead of Sunday’s game as England return to the Veltins Arena, which staged their opening group-stage win over Serbia.

Foden hit a post in England’s 1-1 draw with Denmark and has looked lively at times without truly being able to find the sort of form that saw him shine for City last year.

Manager Southgate has struggled to strike the right balance among his wealth of attacking options with England scoring just twice in their three outings so far.