PHIL FODEN broke down in tears after missing out on the Euro 2020 final.
The Manchester City ace is still nursing a foot injury which kept him out of England’s heartbreaking defeat to Italy on penalties at Wembley last month.
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Foden, 21, said: “I remember speaking to the manager when I got injured and just burst out crying — the devastation that I was injured.
“I was just praying on the day that the team won, it’s just unfortunate that we didn’t.
“We have to be proud of ourselves, and what we did, we created history getting to a final.
“And now the next time we go into a major tournament it can only help us.
“It was so good to see how together everyone was in the changing room.
“It was a special moment to share with the team. Come the World Cup, those experiences at Wembley can only help us.”
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City begin their Premier League title defence against Tottenham on Sunday but the attacker revealed his injury will keep him out for the first month of the new season.
He added: “I had a little girl recently and I’ve had an injury, too, so unfortunately I didn’t get away but I’ve stayed here and tried to get back fit.
“It is still a little bit sore. It was such a shame to do it just before the Euros final.
“It was really unfortunate but I am working hard in the gym and, hopefully, I can get back as soon as possible. I would say that it will be around three to four weeks.
“Hopefully it flies by and I can just get back on the pitch again.”
The injury means Foden will be forced to wait to line up alongside his Three Lions pal Jack Grealish — who has sealed a £100million move to City.
Now Foden believes Grealish will help the club retain their title AND lead the club to the Champions League success they so badly crave.
Foden told Sky Sports: “When I first went away with England, we just got on really well on and off the pitch.
“I’m really happy he has signed here and, hopefully, I can just get back playing with him and enjoy my football.
“He’s fearless on the ball. He can change a game on his own. He’s going to be really special for us — he’s going to be huge.
“Once you’ve won it, it’s really hard to retain it, and we’re going to be the team to beat.
“We will have to live up to that with the players that we have got but I’m confident and can’t wait to go.”
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