Truth behind Phil Foden’s Gazza hair cut which left him ‘nervous’
Becoming Paul Gascoigne's doppelgänger left England star Phil Foden the "proudest he has ever looked", his barber says.
The man behind the haircuts of what seems like half the current England squad, HD Cutz, has revealed how Foden was "nervous" about his drastic new look which had his girlfriend in hysterics.
Cutz, who also counts Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, and Jude Bellingham as clients, told the Daily Star that recreating Gazza's iconic Euro 96 look was by complete accident.
HD Cutz explained he was shocked when Manchester City's 21-year-old talent asked for something new for the international tournament because he is so humble.
The London-based barber whose real name is Sheldon Edwards said: "Phil Foden, let me explain Phil to you.
"I don’t think Phil even understands his potential of how good he is because Phil is so humble and such a nice guy.
"Phil messaged me and said 'bro I need to change my look' and I’m like really? You need to change your look? That’s not you, that doesn’t sound like you."
But rather than show HD a snap of Gascoigne about to pull off the infamous 'dentist's chair' celebration in 1996, Foden's blond trim was inspired by a Google search.
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The barber continued: "He sent me a random image off the internet of a random colour and a fade and I’m like 'wow, that looks a bit wild, great, so you’re going from black to that colour?'"
Posting to his half a million Instagram followers, HD teased fans a photo of Foden with half a head of bleach applied, promising an update after 1,000 comments.
It took just 15 minutes for followers to hit the target but in the meantime, England's arguably most exciting forward was sweating it for the bleach results.
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HD who has partnered with Panasonic Grooming and Pro:Direct, said: "As the bleach was processing, his girlfriend was there laughing.
"Of course it was orange at first, she was like 'I’m not too sure it’s going to look okay Phil', he became nervous. I’m like 'don’t worry Phil, leave it to me'."
It was only when comments flooded in on a snap of the finished article on Instagram, that the penny dropped for the pair.
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As hundreds of followers compared the bleached blond look to Paul Gascoigne, HD says Foden lit up and "was the proudest I’ve ever seen him".
He said: "A tag came up on his phone and it said, 'is Phil Foden going for the Gazza?' and he said 'oh my God HD Gazza done it'.
"I’m like 'Gazza who?' and he showed me the phone and he was like 'bro this is crazy'.
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"The look on his face was the proudest I’ve ever seen him, it was almost like he was a hero, someone he looked up to so well and did something he was about to do so we started laughing.
"His mum, everybody who wasn’t too sure about the change of look for him started loving the look, and funnily enough, I think it suits him more than his black hair."
Just a week away from running out at Wembley stadium with the three lions on his chest, the tricky attacker from Stockport was excited to see his impact on bleach sales.
"Phil called me the next morning and was like ‘bro look at this, the search for bleaching product went up 285% since we released that post,' HD added.
"Hundreds of people were messaging me on Instagram asking 'how much is it for the Phil Foden look? I want to get the ‘Phil Foden look'.
"'Can you come to Monaco?' 'Can you come to Italy?' I’m like wow what is going on here?
"That was when we knew we were onto something special."
HD Cutz has partnered with Panasonic Grooming and Pro:Direct to equip fans with the tools and information to play with style both on and off the pitch.
For more information and content visit @PanasonicGroomingUK on Instagram.
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