England’s Phil Foden has left the Euro 2024 camp in Germany to attend the birth of his third child, confirmed the English Football Association on Wednesday.


In April, Foden and his partner Rebecca Cooke announced on Instagram that they were expecting their third child. The couple already has two children: five-year-old son Ronnie and two-year-old daughter True.


The Football Association stated that the Manchester City star needed to address a “pressing family matter.” They expressed hope that Foden would rejoin the squad by Sunday, ahead of England’s last-16 match scheduled for 17:00 BST.

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Foden played a crucial role in Manchester City’s Premier League title victory this season and was honored as the Player of the Year. He has appeared in all three of England’s matches in the tournament so far.

While England advanced to the knockout stages as Group C winners, their performances have not fully met expectations, drawing with Denmark and Slovenia after an initial 1-0 win over Serbia.

However, England’s tournament path appears promising, as they have avoided potential clashes with top teams like Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal until the later stages, should they progress.