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Euro 2024: “Why I refused to do it” — Phil Foden



Euro 2024: "Why I refused to do it" -- Phil Foden

England midfielder Phil Foden has finally weighed into the speculations from the Three Lions’ penalty triumph over Switzerland in the Euro 2024 quarter-final knockout last week.

The Manchester City player tackling on the rumors, dismissed the idea that he avoided taking a penalty in the nerve-wracking shoot-out against Switzerland in the Euro 2024 fixture. The match, which ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, saw Bukayo Saka’s equalizer counter Breel Embolo’s opening goal, setting the stage for a tense conclusion.

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In the ensuing shoot-out, England’s precision proved decisive as all five selected players successfully converted their penalties. The heroics of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who saved Manuel Akanji’s attempt, sealed England’s progression to the semi-finals.

Post-match, social media buzzed with speculation that Foden, subbed off for Trent Alexander-Arnold in extra time, had shirked penalty responsibilities. Adding fuel to the fire, Alexander-Arnold was reportedly overheard implying that a teammate hesitated to step up for a spot-kick to progress England into the Euro 2024 semi-final.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Foden clarified his position.

“I would have taken one if I was still on the pitch, but I think there are players who take them regularly for their clubs, so it makes sense for them to take them,” he explained.

Foden then adds;

“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 favor.”

Phil Foden also emphasized the importance of confidence in such high-pressure situations.

“I feel like it’s a confidence thing. If you believe 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 are probably better penalty-takers than me.”