Phil Foden insists he has no worries about comparisons to England legend Paul Gascoigne as he aims for European Championship glory with the Three Lions.
the Manchester City striker arrived at St George’s Park to continue preparations for Sunday’s opener against Croatia with hair dyed blonde. Gascoigne sported the same style at Euro 96 as he shone in England’s race to the semi-finals before losing on penalties to Germany.
Foden had an outstanding campaign at the Etihad, scoring 16 goals and winning the PFA Young Player of the Year title as Pep Guardiola’s side won the Premier League and Carabao Cup double, as well as the League final. champions.
The 21-year-old played no part in england two 1-0 warm-up wins after enjoying an extended break after his efforts this quarter.
However, he is in the running to start the Euro 2020 opener against 2018 World Cup opponents Croatia on Sunday.
England will next face Scotland at Wembley on June 18 in the next Group D game – a game in which Gascoigne shone at Euro 96 at the same venue, offering new opportunities to compare the duo.
“I remember watching the highlights on Gazza TV – an incredible player,” said Foden.
“The whole nation knows what he means to the country and what he has done, so it won’t be so bad if I try to bring some Gazza onto the pitch.
“I don’t think you can listen too much to what people are saying. I have to try to keep my feet on the ground, be just me, and keep doing what has worked well for me this year.
“I try to get out of social media as much as I can. Don’t try to read it too much.
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Foden does his own thing
When asked if her new look was a tribute to Gascoigne, Foden added, “I’ve had the same haircut for what seems like centuries now, so I thought I would try something new.
“I woke up this morning with a lot of comparisons to Gazza and Eminem, so yeah, it was my own thing and people turned it into something else.
“They (his English teammates) said they liked him, so that’s positive. Everything has been positive – which surprised me.
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