Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood have been dropped from the England squad having broken the Covid-19 rule in Iceland after several reports stated that they allegedly invited girls to their hotel room.
England manager Gareth Southgate has also confirmed that the Football Association (FA) had taken action by dropping the two youngster after discovering they hadn’t adhered to the covid-19 protocols to avoid infections.
“Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that two boys have broken the Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble and so we had to decide very quickly that they couldn’t have any interaction with the team,” he told reporters.
“These are two boys I don’t know particularly well at the moment so can’t speak in great depth. I have got to try and speak with them later in the appropriate way. They have got responsibilities and they have apologised.
“We are very clear that no other members of our party have been in contasaid. 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.”
The girls in question are said to have posted images on Snapchat which showed the City midfielder and United forward in the room they shared on international duty.
The duo made their senior debuts in a Nations League opener against Iceland but will not play against Denmark, Gareth Southgate said.
Manchester United has also released a statement condemning the act, “Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation.”