England: Foden and Greenwood OUT of England squad

England: Foden and Greenwood OUT of England squad

England: Foden and Greenwood OUT of England squad

Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden will not be traveling with the England squad to their game against Denmark. Gareth Southgate has confirmed that both players have broken UEFA coronavirus protocol. The FA has said that they have launched a full investigation into the incident that took place at the team hotel in Reykjavik on Sunday night.

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Gareth Southgate explained the situation: "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 and wouldn't be able to train. Given the procedures we have to follow now, they have to travel back to England separately."

Icelandic police have confirmed that both players have been fined 250,000 Icelandic Krona (£1,360) for the rules they broke. The fine must be paid by the players themselves and not by their clubs or the FA.

An FA spokesperson said: "Whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of our COVID-19 rules. While they did not leave the team hotel, it was an unacceptable breach of our protocol. They have both apologised for their serious lack of judgement.”

"We are very clear that no other members of our party have been in contact with those players. That's why they couldn't join us for breakfast or training. We followed the guidelines,"

Southgate will have only 21 players to choose from in their game against Denmark as Kyle Walker is suffering from a suspension as he received a red card on Saturday in their game against Iceland.

Will the game between England and Denmark still go ahead?

While the Denmark manager still remains hopeful that the game will still go ahead, there will be no doubt that some players will be sceptical going into this game. Southgate has confirmed on multiple occasions that the rest of the England team didn't come into contact with Foden and Greenwood.

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