The English national coach Gareth Southgate has removed Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden from the selection. Both youngsters, who made their international debut against Iceland last Saturday, will be punished for their misconduct after that match.
Greenwood (18) and Foden (20) are said to have allowed women to come to their hotel rooms, thereby violating the corona rules and the rules of the football association. They did not train with the squad on Monday, which is preparing for an internment in and against Denmark on Tuesday.
Southgate: “We still have to find out exactly what happened. At the moment we don’t have enough information. With the information we do have, it has been decided that we can no longer train these boys with the group. They need to go home.”
The players and technical staff of England are bound by strict coronavirus rules, so when they return to England they do not have to be quarantined. They are not allowed to meet anyone from outside the team during their stay in Iceland and Denmark.
Icelandic tabloid publishes images
The stories about the nightly visit of Greenwood and Foden came to light because the women shared images of their meeting with the English footballers via Snapchat. The Icelandic tabloid DV picked up on that, after which it was done for the talents of Manchester United (Greenwood) and Manchester City (Foden).
Further consequences for the players have not yet been discussed by the national coach. “They’ve left the ‘bubble’ and that’s very serious. Of course I realise that these are young boys, but with this pandemic everyone has to take responsibility. Young and old,” Southgate said.
“I don’t know yet what the consequences of this will be for them in the longer term. They have apologized, but of course that’s not the end of the matter”
Maguire also made a mistake
It’s the second incident in a short time for English football. Harry Maguire got involved in a brawl on the Greek holiday island of Mykonos during his holiday. He was left out of the squad by national coach Southgate.
Maguire spent two nights in jail and was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery. He was given a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and ten days. He appealed against that sentence.