The Punch

Foden doubtful for Azzurri tie

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Phil Foden was forced to sit out england training ahead of a Euro 2020 final showdown with italy. the Manchester City midfielder has picked up a “slight knock” and was not put through his paces on saturday along with the rest of Gareth southgate’s squad.

He now faces a race against time to be ready for a crunch clash with the Azzurri at Wembley stadium on sunday (today).

the remaining 25 players in southgate’s squad were involved in a final training session at St George’s Park.

Foden is considered to have been left out as a precaution, but it remains to be seen what role, if any, he is able to play in a continenta­l showpiece.

All 26 members of the england fold have passed Uefa-mandated PCR coronaviru­s tests ahead of an eagerly-anticipate­d meeting with italy.

the highlyrate­d 21-year-old started this summer’s european Championsh­ip in southgate’s starting Xi.

He was included from the off in group stage outings against Croatia and scotland, as four points were collected by the three Lions.

Foden then slipped down the pecking order and has seen only 25 minutes of action across england’s last four games.

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