Gary Neville has explained what England stars Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood “need” after their Iceland saga.
The pair were sent home on Monday after letting model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, and her 19-year-old cousin Lara Clausen into the Three Lions’ hotel, breaking strict Covid-19 quarantine regulations.
It has seen scathing criticism get poured on the Manchester United and Manchester City players, with their England places coming under threat.
But the former Red Devils defender believes a different approach is needed to help Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 19, learn from the saga.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: “I am sure at this moment in time they will be feeling awful but they need love right now.
“They’re young lads, they’re not robots.
“Anyone at home who’s 19 or 20 will either have themselves or a friend of theirs do something like that, letting themselves down.
“I get it – it’s not ideal. They made a big mistake and they’ll pay for it.
“But they’re two talented individuals. They live on the edge and they live off adrenaline buzz, the lives of fast.”
Neville went on to suggest how the England duo should be dealt with after the saga.
“Ultimately, we can look at it in a number of ways,” the 45-year-old added.
“We can slate them, slag them off and say it's not good enough, all those things they know are true.but they know it’s true.
“But there also has to be a level of tolerance.
“Yes, they’re representing their country and they’ll feel really bad. They’ll feel like the whole world is coming down around them – but it’s not.
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“We’ve seen situations like this 100 times. In six months time, it probably won’t get mentioned.
“The clubs will support them, I’m absolutely sure. They’ll know they’ve done wrong and the manager will discipline them.
“But the reality is they’re young kids. They have got to live with those mistakes but I guarantee it is their football that will be remembered 20 years from now."
Greenwood released a statement through United’s website on Tuesday morning while Foden took to Twitter with an apology.
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