The duo of Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have landed in England following the axe recieved after breach of COVID-19 guideline rules.
Recall a report yesterday said that two girls posted photographs of Greenwood, 18, and Foden, 20, on social media, showing them in clear breach of the guidelines set by the FA.
The young Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden only made their international debuts on Saturday, with Foden starting and Greenwood introduced as a second half substitute in the 1-0 win over Iceland.
In a press conference on Monday, Southgate discussed the matter.
“Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the COVID-19 guidelines in terms of our secure bubble,” he began. “We had to decide they couldn’t have interaction with the rest of the team.
Southgate described the young pair as ‘naive’ and said they had both apologised for their conduct.
“I think at the moment I’m trying to take a lot of information in,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
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Manchester City and Manchester United both released statements condemning the actions of their respective player.
“It is clear that Phil’s actions were totally inappropriate,” City said of Foden’s conduct.
“His behaviour not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to Covid-19, but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international.
“The club supports the FA regarding this incident, and officials from the club are now in touch in relation to Phil’s enforced early return to the UK.