Phil Foden’s girlfriend Rebecca Cooke gives birth to third child as England return confirmed

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Phil Foden welcome third child, Sunday’s Euro 2024 semifinal match between England and Slovakia features Manchester City player Phil Foden, who has not practiced since their matchup with Slovenia due to his return trip to attend his third child’s birth.

Following his third child’s birth, Phil Foden is returning by plane to the England camp.

Following Tuesday night’s draw with Slovenia, Foden, 24, immediately took a plane back to England, and his partner Rebecca Cooke gave birth to a child. However, Foden made a quick trip and was scheduled to return on Thursday night after taking a flight from the UK back to Germany.

Therefore, Foden, 24, can be anticipated to train on Friday and might even start again for England on Sunday in their last-16 match against Slovakia in Gelsenkirchen.

Phil Foden welcome third child
Foden with his girlfriend Rebecca Cooke ( Image: @beccaf_xx/Instagram)

For England manager Gareth Southgate, who views Foden as a crucial player in this competition and who was possibly his best player in the draw with Slovenia, it will be a tremendous lift.

England advanced after finishing top of their group in Germany, and Foden has started all three of the team’s Group C games. In order to take care of “a pressing family matter,” Foden departed the team’s Spa and GolfResort Weimarer Land headquarters, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

An FA official stated, “Phil Foden has temporarily left the England camp and returned to the UK for a pressing family matter.”

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Foden and his partner Rebecca Cooke are parents to two more children. When Foden was still in his teens, he gave birth to his son Ronnie in 2019, and in 2021 they had a daughter.

Ronnie, who has become an Instagram celebrity with millions of followers, revealed in April that his parents were expecting a third child. The family posed with a sign reading ‘Baby Foden’, with a photo shared to Ronnie’s Instagram account.

Foden will now rejoin the squad ahead of Sunday’s game against Slovakia as England return to the Veltins Arena, which staged their opening group-stage win over Serbia.
Foden hit a 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.

Only two goals have been scored by England in their first three games this season due to manager Gareth Southgate’s struggles to find the correct balance among his plenty of offensive options.

Given that Conor Gallagher was substituted at halftime and Trent Alexander-Arnold was benched against Slovenia, Southgate does have a dilemma in the middle of the field. After making an impression in central midfield against Slovenia, Kobbie Mainoo is a serious candidate to start against Slovakia on Sunday.

Despite his absence from training on Thursday due to his fitness regimen, Declan Rice is expected to be fit and will likely participate in all the build-up. This reassures the fans of his commitment and readiness to contribute to the team’s performance. Despite missing a large portion of the season due to a calf injury, Kieran Trippier, who has filled in at left-back, also skipped training and followed his schedule.