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Phil Foden pulls out of England vs Ukraine due to appendix surgery

Phil Foden has pulled out of England’s squad to face Ukraine tonight in their 2024 European Championship qualifying game, according to the Daily Mail.

The Manchester City attacker has undergone surgery for acute appendicitis. He has returned to his club and cannot play this evening.

Foden reportedly started feeling unwell after training on Saturday and had surgery.

He is doubtful for City’s crunch clash with rivals Liverpool on April 1, and it is unclear when he will return to action.

England manager Gareth Southgate has not called up a replacement for Foden and will head into the game against Ukraine with 20 players.

Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, Nick Pope and Reece James had already pulled out of the squad for this round of international games.

Rashford pulled out after suffering an injury in Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Fulham. Mount was injured before he received the call-up, so he stayed with Chelsea to deal with his pelvic injury.

James returned to Chelsea yesterday as a precaution, with the player nursing injuries for most of the season.

Southgate will reportedly start James Maddison tonight in the absence of Foden. Jordan Henderson could also return to the starting XI while Kalvin Phillips returns to the bench.

The Three Lions still have enough talent to beat Ukraine despite the injuries.

Foden is a miss for his club as they head into a crucial stage in their season. They are chasing the Premier League title but sit eight points behind Arsenal.

They have a Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich and are into the semi-final of the FA Cup, where they will face Sheffield United.

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