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NEW LOOK: Foden compared to Gascoigne after Euros restyle

 

Phil Foden insists he has no concerns over comparisons to Paul Gascoigne as he targets European Championship glory with England.

The Manchester City forward courted further similarities as he arrived at St George’s Park to continue preparations for Sunday’s opener against Croatia with dyed blond hair.

Gascoigne sported the same style during Euro 96 as he shone in England’s run to the semi-finals and Foden is aiming to go one better, having regained the trust of England boss Gareth Southgate after being sent home from duty last year.

Foden enjoyed a fine season at City, scoring 16 goals and winning PFA Young Player of the Year as Pep Guardiola’s side won the Premier League and Carabao Cup double as well as reaching the Champions League final.

The 21-year-old did not feature in either of England’s warm-up wins following an extended break after the loss to Chelsea in the Champions League showpiece but is in contention to start on Sunday.

 

Gascoigne at Euro 96

 

After their opener, England face Scotland at Wembley in the next Group D fixture – a game in which Gascoigne shone at Euro 96 at the same venue, offering further opportunities to compare the duo.

“I remember watching highlights on the TV of Gazza – an unbelievable player,” he said.

“The full nation know what he means to the country and what he did, so it won’t be too bad if I try to bring a bit of Gazza on to the pitch.

“I don’t think you can listen too much to what people are saying. I have to try and keep my feet on the ground and just being me and keep doing what has done well for me this year.

“I try and come off social media as much as I can. Not try and read it too much.”


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