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Phil Foden & Mason Greenwood Saga: As it happened

Mason Greenwood
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Two footballers for England’s men’s national team had to leave the squad after breaching the COVID-19 protocols in Iceland, manager Gareth Southgate announced Monday. Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood,18, and Manchester city’s Phil Foden, 20, celebrated their international debuts in the 1-0 win over Iceland at the weekend after being called up for the senior squad first time.

The boys were accused of bringing girls to the team hotel room in Iceland after the match resulting in the breach of the Covid-19 rules.

Phil Foden and mason greenwood did not travel to Denmark for the upcoming UEFA nations league game on Tuesday night after allegations concerning their hotel stay in Reykjavik.

None of these 2 players were present during England’s training session on Monday and they have both been sent home.

Southgate 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.

“We had to decide very quickly that they could not have any interaction with the team, wouldn’t be able to train. Given the procedures we have to follow now, they have to travel back to England separately.

“Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the team hotel. We are still getting to the depths of all the information because it was only brought to my attention only a couple of hours before training, I am still getting to grips with some of the detail.”

Iceland’s police force has confirmed that the players have each been fined 250,000 Icelandic Krona (£1,360) for the rule breach, which must be paid by the individuals themselves and not by the FA or their clubs. 


The FA spokesperson said on Monday: ‘whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of rules.

‘The FA will be launching a full investigation into the circumstances leading up the breach. We have spoken to the Iceland FA to offer our apologies for this incident and to ensure that we are taking the appropriate steps.

‘Our immediate priority now is preparing the team for the match against Denmark’.

Who were the girls?

One of two Icelandic girls who met with England stars Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden in a quarantine busting hotel hook-up has admitted she was the one who shot the video which revealed their meeting – describing it as a ‘huge mistake’.

Law student Lara Clausen, 19, says she posted the video of the two young stars meeting with her and her cousin Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, on snap chat, because she did not realize how famous the footballers were.

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Phil Foden issues a public apology

In a statement on social media, Foden, 20, wrote: “Following the story which has emerged today regarding my actions in Iceland, I want to make a full apology.

“I apologize to Gareth Southgate, to my England teammates, to the staff, supporters, and also to my club and my family.

“When I was called up by Gareth for these games, my first reaction was that of immense pride.

“To pull on that shirt for the senior team in my England debut was an incredible privilege.

“I am a young player with a lot to learn, but I am aware of the huge responsibility I have in representing Manchester City and England at this level.

“On this occasion, I made a poor decision and my behavior didn’t meet the standards expected of me.

“I breached COVID-19 protocols put in place to protect myself and my England colleagues. As a consequence, I will now miss the opportunity to travel to Denmark with the squad, and that hurts.

“I will learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgment and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week.”

Mason Greenwood breaks his silence in an apology statement after being ruled out from England squad for breaking COVID-19 guidelines

Mason Greenwood
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Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has issued an apology after breaking coronavirus safety protocols while on England duty.

“Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologize to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused,” he said in a statement published on United’s website.

“It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.

“In particular, I want to apologize to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down when he had shown great trust in me.”

Gary Neville defends the England pair of Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

While acknowledging Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have made a big mistake, Gary Neville has urged people not to be too harsh on England’s youngsters.

“I am sure at this moment in time they will be feeling awful but they need love right now,”

“They are young lads, they are not robots, anybody at home who has been 18, 19 or 20 will have either done that themselves or seen a friend do something like that at some point in their life – a breach of discipline, let themselves down, have a fight.

“They have made a mistake – a big mistake – and they will regret it and they will pay for it. But they are two talented lads who live on the edge, they live on adrenaline, they live off a buzz and their lives are fast. We can look at it in a number of ways. We can slate them, slag them off and say it’s not good enough, all those things they know are true.” Says Neville.

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