Foden, Greenwood to leave England camp after Covid protocol breach

Sports Desk, Sep 7 (efe-epa).- England’s rising stars Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been dropped from the national team for breaching Covid-19 health and safety protocol days after their national debuts against Iceland.

England coach Gareth Southgate confirmed on Monday the pair will travel back home after breaking quarantine rules at the team’s Iceland hotel and will not star in the squad against Denmark in the Nations League match on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately this morning, it was brought to my attention that two of the boys have broken the Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble,” he told the press.

“So we had to decide very quickly that they couldn’t have any interaction with the rest of the team and wouldn’t be able to travel to training.

“Given the procedures we have to follow now they will have to travel back to England separately.”

Asked whether the young players had invited women to their hotel room, Southgate replied: “Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the hotel.

“We are still getting to the depths of all the information because this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training.

“I’m not going into any more details until I’m aware of everything.”

He said Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, who play for Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, had apologized.

England beat Iceland 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a last-minute penalty from Raheem Sterling.

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