Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have both apologised for a breach of coronavirus quarantine guidelines at the England team hotel in Iceland.
Manchester United’s Greenwood, and Manchester City midfielder Foden, were told to leave Gareth Southgate’s squad on Monday.
According to reports in Iceland, Foden and Greenwood allegedly met two women in a separate part of the hotel away from where the England team was staying.
The duo was sent back to England, while the remaining squad are now in Denmark ahead of Tuesday night’s game.
“Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused,” Greenwood said on Tuesday in a statement 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 apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down when he had shown great trust in me. Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake.
“I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from,” said Greenwood.
On Monday, Foden issued a lengthy apology on Instagram: “Following the story which has emerged today regarding my actions in Iceland, I want to make a full apology.
“I apologise to Gareth Southgate, to my England team mates, to the staff, supporters and also to my club and my family.
“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 judgement and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week.” said Foden.
Meanwhile, Icelandic police are continuing their investigation and will interview the two women and have not ruled out possible prosecutions against them.
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