Manchester City starlet Phil Foden has revealed that the rest of his England teammates have promised to follow his lead and rock a bleach-blonde haircut if they win Euro 2020.
Foden raised more than a few eyebrows when he appeared to take inspiration from Paul Gascoigne’s iconic look from Euro 1996, starting a trend which has also seen Granit Xhaka pull out the hair dye for this summer’s tournament.
At the minute, none of Foden’s England teammates have followed suit, but the City youngster has revealed that the Three Lions have all agreed to channel their inner Gazza and dye their hair if they can go all the way at Euro 2020.
“You know what I said; if we win it, I told the team they had to get the same haircut as me!” he told talkSPORT. “They all agreed so hopefully, if we win it, you will see everyone with the same haircut.
“I think Romania did it didn’t they where they all had the same haircut so if we won it, I would make everyone get the same haircut.”
Romania did indeed follow in Gascoigne’s footsteps at the 1998 World Cup, with all the players bringing out the blond hair dye as part of a bet made with manager Anghel Iordanescu, who promised to shave his head if his side beat both Colombia and England.
The Romania players upped the ante by promising to dye their hair if they did win those two games, and 180 minutes of football later, they were all rocking bleach-blonde hair that was so poorly done that half of the squad were left with burns on their scalps.
The pressure of hair dye worked for Romania in 1998, and 23 years later, England are hoping it will provide the kind of oomph needed after their abysmal showing in the 0-0 draw with Scotland.
The Three Lions might be just a few weeks away from a team full of Gascoigne wannabes, but Foden did actually confess that the inspiration for this cut was not actually Gazza, but City teammate Sergio Aguero.
“It was my own thing and then I saw people turn it into something else and I kind of just jumped on it like everyone else would,” Foden said.
“I think Razza [Raheem Sterling] said to you that I was speaking to him about Sergio having the same kind of hair and that I liked it so, me being me, I decided to change it up and called the barber to come and do this and I’ve liked it ever since. I’ve made it even lighter. I had another haircut the other day to make it lighter.”