England’s Gareth Southgate confirms Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden sent home

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England manager Gareth Southgate has sent home Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.

The shamed stars Foden and Greenwood will be flown home after breaking lockdown rules in Iceland.

The FA have launched an investigation into reports the duo broke the squad bubble by inviting two women back to the team hotel in Reykjavik following England's 1-0 win in the Nations League.

Foden, 20, and 18-year-old Greenwood will now miss Tuesday's game in Denmark and jet home on separate flights instead.

Both were hauled before Southgate and forced to apologise for their actions. It remains to be seen how Southgate will choose to discipline the duo.

It is understood both of them will have to be tested again for Covid-19 upon landing back in Manchester and could have to quarantine for two weeks, which would mean them missing the start of the new season with Manchester City and United respectively.

Southgate admits Foden and Greenwood have let the squad down and he said: “Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the COVID guidelines in terms of our secure bubble – had to decide they couldn’t have interaction with the rest of the team.

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“Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the hotel. We are still getting the depths of the information. Still getting to grips with the detail. We have spent such a long time getting measures in place and the whole squad followed that to the letter.

“I’m not going into any more details until I’m clear of everything. No-one from outside the hotel has been into the areas we occupy.

“We are very clear that no other members of our party have been in contact with the two players – couldn’t join us for breakfast or training. It is a very serious situation and we have treated it that way.

“I think at the moment I’m trying to take a lot of information in. Obviously they have been naive, we have dealt with it appropriately. I recognise their age but the whole world is dealing with this pandemic.

“I’m a father with children, young adults, I know people get things wrong. I’m not excusing that in this instance.”

United and City have time to deal with the issue with their players as the two clubs don't play straight away when the 2020/21 Premier League season gets underway this weekend.

  • Coronavirus
  • England Football Team
  • Gareth Southgate
  • Manchester United FC
  • Manchester City FC

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