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Phil Foden leaves England camp to return home for birth of third child

Phil Foden has left England’s Euro 2024 camp to return home for the birth of his third child, but he should be back in time for Sunday's last-16 game.

The Manchester City midfielder started all three of England's Group C matches in Germany as Gareth Southgate's side advanced by finishing top.

The Football Association announced on Wednesday, however, that Foden has now left the team's Spa and GolfResort Weimarer Land base for a spell.

"Phil Foden has temporarily left the England camp and returned to the UK for a pressing family matter," an FA spokesperson said.

Foden is reportedly expected to re-join the squad ahead of Sunday's game as England return to the Veltins Arena, which staged their opening group-stage win over Serbia.

Foden hit the post in England's 1-1 draw with Denmark and has looked lively at times without truly being able to find the sort of form that saw him shine for City last year.

Manager Southgate has struggled to strike the right balance among his wealth of attacking options with England scoring just twice in their three outings so far.

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