Manchester City left-winger, Phil Foden said his teammates in the current Three Lions of England squad liked his new hairstyle which he said was positive enough for him.
The 21-year-old rave of the moment arrived at St George’s Park in England where the national team is preparing for the European Championship, with a dyed blonde hair. The hairstyle attracted mixed reactions from fans, especially on social media.
Some said he tried to copy American rapper, Eminem, while some compared him to the former striker of Manchester City who at some point in his career dyed his hair blonde. However, most of the trollers on social media said Foden is trying to look like retired English footballer, Paul Gascoigne.
In 1996, Gascoigne was a part of the England squad that played that year’s edition of the European Championship. His effort helped the team to get to the semi-final stage of the competition.
Besides his performance in the competition, Gascoigne wore a dyed blonde hair throughout the competition. Hence, Phil Foden who so many English football fans believe could make the difference in Euro 2020, is wishing he could make as much impact as Gascoigne made while wearing the blonde hairstyle.
Though the current England squad is one of the best in the world, Phil Foden is one of the players who is highly ranked in the squad. His performance in the just concluded 2020-2021 season has made him a force to be reckoned with in his debut European Championship.
Recall that Phil Foden scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists in 28 Premier League games to help Manchester City to win the 2020-2021 Premier League title. He was also involved in the team that won the Carabao Cup and reached the UEFA Champions League final in the aforementioned season.
His effort earned him the PFA young player of the year award and was nominated for the best player of the season award.
Based on his current form coupled with the new blonde hair Foden decided to keep, the Manchester City star is expected to be the new Paul Gascoigne also known as Gazza when the Euro 2020 kicks off on June 11.
Phil Foden said: “I remember watching highlights on the TV of Gazza – an unbelievable player.
“The full nation knows 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.”
On the reason for the blonde hairstyle, Foden said: “I’ve had the same haircut for what seems like ages now so I thought I’d just 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 have turned it into something else.
“They (his England teammates) have said that they’ve liked it so it’s a positive. It’s all been positive – which I’ve been surprised about.”
Feels good to be back!! 😁🏴 pic.twitter.com/ybjTugnQm3— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) June 5, 2021