Gareth Southgate called on Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood to use their exile from England duty as a time for ‘reflection’ after leaving them out of his 30-man squad for the side’s Nations League matches with Belgium and Denmark.
Manchester City and Manchester United starlets Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 19, earned their first senior call-ups last month and both went on to make their debuts in England’s 1-0 victory away to Iceland in the Nations League.
However, the young duo hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons later that week as they were sent home for breaching England’s strict coronavirus protocols after meeting up with two women in the public areas of the team hotel in Reykjavik.
England’s 30-man squad in full
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Tyrone Mings, Bukayo Saka, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks.
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Harvey Barnes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling.
As a consequence, Foden and Greenwood missed the Three Lions’ following match with Denmark – which ended in a goalless draw- and will play no part in the side’s friendly with Wales next week.
They will also sit out England’s upcoming Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark.
Meanwhile, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been recalled and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Bukayo Saka and Harvey Barnes have all been selected for the first time.
Asked about his decision not to include Foden and Greenwood, Southgate explained: ‘We have to send a message to all our players in our teams at every age level that that sort of thing isn’t how we do things with England.
‘Then we’ve got to rehabilitate these two boys. Young people will make mistakes.
‘I do a lot of work with the Prince’s Trust. They are brilliant at helping youngsters to get people back on their feet when things haven’t gone right.
‘These lads have suffered enough now. I think they need this period of reflection but that gives them the opportunity to get back on their feet with their clubs, enjoy their football again.
‘I can speak to them after this camp and it will be just be about their form then.’
‘A lot of Dominic’s game I’ve liked for a long time. What he’s adding now is the goals that haven’t always been there.
‘In the last 18 months or so he’s really improved in that area.
‘He’s been a big part of Everton starting the season as well as they have and I’m very pleased to be able to call him up for the first time.’