England heroes train for last time ahead of Euro 2020 final with Italy but Phil Foden sits out as 'minor precaution'

ENGLAND trained for the last time before their European Championship final – but Phil Foden sat out.

Gareth Southgate's heroic Three Lions will take home advantage into tomorrow's Euros showpiece against Italy at Wembley.

The squad completed their final training session, but according to Sky Sports, Foden was sidelined due to a 'minor precaution'.

But, the Manchester City forward and the other 25 players passed their Uefa mandated PCR coronavirus tests.

Foden, 21, started England's opening two games in the delayed Euros, when they beat Croatia 1-0 but drew to Scotland.

He was then rested in the 2-0 victory over Czech Republic and replaced by Bukayo Saka, but has not returned to the starting 11 since.

Saka, 19, played a key role in England's wins over Czech Republic and then Germany until he was then ruled out against Ukraine with injury.

Jadon Sancho, 21, who is set to move to Manchester United, replaced the Arsenal forward in the 4-0 thumping over Ukraine.

But he failed to keep his place in the semi-final as Saka came back into the starting 11 on the right wing against Denmark.

Foden did come on as a substitute as England progressed into their first final since winning the 1966 World Cup by beating Denmark 2-1.


Despite Saka's emergence in Southgate's side, United legend-turned pundit Gary Neville has tipped Sancho or Marcus Rashford to play against Italy.

He told Sky after the Denmark win: "I am not sure he will start Sunday. I think that might just be too much for him.

'What he did last night, the amount he has given in this tournament, I just feel we will see somebody else.

'I look at Chiellini and Bonucci, and I think, who wouldn’t they like to have in those wide areas, making those inside runs?

"And I actually think it could be a game for Rashford or Sancho to accompany Sterling in those wide positions.

"I think those wide positions need to be quick players, who make out to in runs, so I don’t think we will see Saka on Sunday.

"I think it might be one game too much for him."

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