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Phil Foden doubtful for Euro 2020 final with foot injury

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Foden is now a doubt for the final
Foden is now a doubt for the final / Visionhaus/Getty Images
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Phil Foden could miss England's Euro 2020 final clash with Italy on Sunday evening, after suffering a foot injury.

The 21-year-old came on as a substitute in the Three Lions' 2-1 victory over Denmark on Wednesday evening, but he has subsequently picked up a knock in the lead-up to the final at Wembley.

And BBC Sport reports that Foden sat out the Three Lions' final training session ahead of their first ever European Championship final, and is now a doubt to play any part in Sunday's spectacle.

Coach Gareth Southgate has also admitted that the medical staff will have to 'assess' the forward ahead of kick-off, to see whether he can be named in the starting lineup, or if he'll be unable to feature in the final.

"He's got a fairly minor foot injury," said Southgate.

"But it's just whether it's going to be one that clears up in time for him to be able to take part in the game, so we'll have to assess that again later."

In England's evening press conference, Southgate reconfirmed the news: “He’s a doubt. The medical team will give us a final update on that later. It’s not something that’s serious, it’s just a case of whether it’s going to keep him out of this particular game.”

Foden began the tournament in Southgate's starting lineup, but he lost his place in the side following the emergence of Bukayo Saka on the right flank. He did not feature at all in England's 4-0 hammering of Ukraine in the quarter-final, but stepped off the bench to help England overcome Denmark in the semis.

Phil Foden
Foden could miss the final with a foot injury / Visionhaus/Getty Images

He now faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy, and risks being left out of the 23-man squad, if he can't prove his fitness. Southgate did describe the foot injury as 'minor,' but it could be enough to sideline the Manchester City star.

England are aiming to win the tournament for the first time in their history, having reached their first major final since the 1966 World Cup success 55 years ago.

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