Why Phil Foden has left England's Euro 2024 camp to return to UK

Phil Foden during Serbia v England
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England star Phil Foden has left the national team's camp and returned home following a "pressing family matter", the FA have confirmed in a statement

"Phil Foden has temporarily left the England camp and returned to the UK for a pressing family matter," an FA statement read. The forward, who plays his club football for Manchester City, had played for Gareth Southgate's team against Slovenia on Tuesday.

Foden is understood to have left the camp following Tuesday's match in Cologne, where a goalless draw ensured England finished top of their group. Southgate's team aren't back in action until Sunday, giving the 24-year-old a chance to return in time for the round of 16 match in Gelsenkirchen.

It is now understood that he has returned home after the news that his partner Rebecca Cooke Foden is pregnant.

Premier League player of the season Foden started all three of England's group games. He played the full 90 minutes against Serbia, before being withdrawn in the latter stages of the draws against Denmark and Slovenia.

Foden has developed into a key player for England, missing just one match since March 2023. He was left out of the squad for the pre-tournament friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Manchester City's players finishing their domestic season later than others after reaching the FA Cup final.

The City academy graduate played a key role in his team's title defence last season, while he has four goals in 37 senior appearances for England. One of those four came in a major tournament, when he netted against Wales in the group stages of the 2022 World Cup.

While Foden has yet to find the net at Euro 2024, he played a part in a disallowed goal in England's match against Slovenia on Tuesday. He got in behind the opposition defence before rolling the ball across for Bukayo Saka, but had strayed offside in the build-up.