Only one day before the Euro 2020 final, England’s open training session left Phil Foden out.
The Manchester City player sat out the session after suffering a’minor knock’ and being held out as a precaution, according to the Three Lions’ official Twitter account.
The session is open to the other 25 members of Gareth Southgate’s squad as they prepare for the country’s first major final in 55 years.
Due to a’minor knock,’ Phil Foden will miss England’s open training session on Saturday. England is preparing for its first major final since the 1966 World Cup. The 21-year-old made an impression off the bench in Wednesday’s 2-1 semi-final triumph over Denmark.
For the first time in the country’s history, Foden came on as an extra-time replacement as Harry Kane’s goal sent them to the European Championship final.
He started the first two games of the tournament, against Croatia and Scotland, but did not play in the following three games, against the Czech Republic, Germany, and Ukraine.
When Foden came off the bench against Denmark, he had a positive influence for England. Nevertheless, England’s medical staff were aware of the knock on Friday and decided to keep him out of Saturday’s last training session.
Foden will aim to be fit and ready to play in the final against Italy on Sunday.
Foden is unlikely to start on Sunday after missing the last four games, however substitutes might be key depending on how the game unfolds.
Gareth Southgate will speak to the media ahead of the game on Saturday evening, and he may go into greater information about Foden’s condition and his preparedness for the final.
Meanwhile, Italy departed their training base in Florence early Saturday morning to head to London for the clash at Wembley Stadium.