England drop Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden for Covid-19 rule breaches

Conor Coady and Jack Grealish

Conor Coady and Jack Grealish

England boss Gareth Southgate has sent home Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden for reportedly breaking quarantine regulations by bringing women back to the team hotel in Iceland, prompting an investigation from the FA.

England youngsters Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden could both face disciplinary action after video footage emerged of them allegedly inviting girls to their rooms after Saturday's Nations League win against Iceland in Reykjavik.

Icelandic media published allegations the pair had hosted girls in their hotel room after the Iceland game, putting the England "bubble" at risk.

Both players made their first Three Lions appearance on Saturday as England beat Iceland 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League.

Unfortunately it was brought to my attention that the two boys had broken the covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble.

"It's a very serious situation and we have treated it that way and acted as quickly as we have been able to".

Although the England team are exempt, foreign travellers arriving in the country are being forced to quarantine for 14 days before they are allowed to travel freely in the country.

"These are two boys I don't know particularly well at the moment so I can not speak in great depth".

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"We're still getting to the depths of all the information as this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training, as you've seen we've had to train in between".

"His behavior 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 worldwide", City said in a statement.

One of the women in the Snapchat video said: "We had no idea about these rules, they never said we could not take pictures". They have got responsibilities and they have apologised'. We are very clear we have followed all the guidelines in that regard.

A statement from Manchester United read: "Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation". I recognise their age but the whole world is dealing with this pandemic.

"I'm a father of young adults and I know they can get things wrong. We've got to assess everything else moving forward".

A Manchester City spokesman said Foden's behaviour was "totally inappropriate" and "fell well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international".

The controversy was the last thing Southgate needed after he had to withdraw Harry Maguire from the squad following the Manchester United defender's part in a brawl in Greece.

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