England star Phil Foden responds to claims he didn’t want to take a penalty in Euro 2024 shootout

Phil Foden was subbed off shortly before the penalty shootout

Phil Foden was subbed off shortly before the penalty shootout (Picture: talkSPORT)

Phil Foden says he ‘wouldn’t have minded’ taking a penalty in the Euro 2024 shootout against Switzerland but admits there are ‘better penalty-takers’ in the England squad.

England booked their place in the Euro 2024 semi-finals with a tense penalty shootout victory over Switzerland on Saturday after the quarter-final clash in Dusseldorf finished 1-1.

Gareth Southgate’s side have struggled to hit top gear at the Euros but were faultless in the shootout, with Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold all emphatically converting from the spot and Jordan Pickford keeping out Manuel Akanji to send England through.

Shortly after England reached the semi-final of yet another major tournament, Alexander-Arnold was spotted telling two friends that one member of the Three Lions squad didn’t want to step up.

While the Liverpool star gave no indication of who that player was, social media was rife with speculation and some reasoned it could have been Foden because he was subbed off for Alexander-Arnold deep into extra-time.

But Foden, who scored a penalty against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in April, insists he would have stepped up if he was needed.

‘I would have taken one if I was still on the pitch but I think there’s players who take them regularly for their clubs so it makes sense for them to take them,’ he told talkSPORT.

England beat Switzerland on penalties to reach the semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

‘I think that’s what Gareth did, put the best penalty-takers on the pitch. I’m glad he did that now because it definitely worked in our favour. 

I feel like it’s a confidence thing, if you belief you’re going to score you can definitely be a penalty-taker.

‘Like I said, I wouldn’t have minded taking one if I was still on the pitch but there’s probably better penalty-takers than me.’

Asked how he felt during the penalty shootout, Premier League player of the year Foden added: ‘I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous watching the boys.

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Source:: Metro


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