Twitter reacts to Jason Roy's bleach-blond Phil Foden-inspired hairdo

Leigh McManus July 17, 2021
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In the lead up to England v Pakistan in the Twenty20 international at Trent Bridge, people noticed England batsman Jason Roy’s hair was in a new bleach-blond style and, naturally, took to Twitter to react.

Who is Jason Roy and what did he do to his hair before Pakistan vs England?

Jason Jonathan Roy is a South African-born cricketer who plays for England in limited-over matches and for Surrey County Cricket Club in domestic cricket.

Recently, the 30-year-old was spotted training in the lead up to England’s Twenty20 clash with Pakistan sporting a new hairdo.

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In an apparent nod to England football star Phil Foden’s similar do, which he revealed before Euro 2020, Roy became the latest British-based sportsman to undergo the dramatic change.

The right-handed opening batsman and occasional spin bowler also revealed the same hairdo, as did superstars Ben Stokes and Sam Curran.

In the lead up to the game, a reporter asked England captain Eoin Morgan whether he would follow suit with the “Phil Foden bleach-blond look”? The Irishman responded emphatically: “Me? No!”

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The England midfielder was earmarked as one to watch before the Three Lions’ march to the Euro 2020 final.

Despite obvious comparisons to Paul Gascoigne’s famous bleach-blond look in Euro 96, Manchester City’s Foden said his own do wasn’t intended as a tribute.

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Gascoigne lit up the 1996 tournament held in England, making the hairdo synonymous with him.

But in early June Foden said the hairstyle was nothing to do with Gascoigne. “I’ve had the same haircut for ages now so I thought I would try something new and woke up this morning with a lot of comparisons to Gazza and Eminem,” he explained.

“It was my own thing and people have turned it into something else.”

Despite Foden’s denial, his hairstyle inspired Gascoigne to revive the look himself.

Twitter reacts to ‘English players painting their hair white’

With Foden, Stokes, Livingstone, Curran and now Roy sporting the look, people are noticing a lot more bright bursts of white zipping across the cricket field.

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“Why are these English players painting their hair white. Each day a new player comes up,” said one person on Twitter, reacting to the onslaught of bleach-blond dos.

“Jason Roy looks the spit of @KP24 with that blonde hair #ENGvsPAK,” said another, referencing the England legend’s peroxide blond-dyed streak of hair along the middle of his head he sported during the 2005 Ashes.

A third person wasn’t so complimentary, writing: “Blimey what’s happened to Jason Roy’s hair?”

Despite the new hairstyles, even with Livingstone scoring a record-breaking ton, England failed to beat Pakistan, who ran out winners at Trent Bridge by 31 runs.

However, England bounced back to level the series by beating Pakistan at Headingley by 45 runs on Sunday (18 July).

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Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.