Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been dropped from England’s squad after breaching coronavirus rules by meeting girls in a hotel room.
‘Unfortunately this morning, it was brought to my attention that two of the boys have broken the Covid-19 guidelines in terms of our secure bubble,’ Southgate said on Monday afternoon.
‘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 train. Given the procedures we have to follow now they will have to travel back to England separately.
‘Nothing has happened in the areas that we occupy in the hotel. We are still getting to the depths of all the information because this was only brought to may attention a couple of hours before training, so I’m still getting to grips with the detail.
‘What is clear is there is a breach of the Covid-19 guidelines. The whole squad have really followed that to the letter. I’m not gong into any more details until I’m aware of everything.
‘It is a very serious situation and we have treated it that way. I have spent the morning dealing with this and then helping the coaches take training in preparation for the game tomorrow.
‘They have been naive and we have dealt with it appropriately. I recognise their age, but of course, the whole world is dealing with this pandemic and there is a responsibility on all ages that they do their part. We are not underestimating how important it is we keep the bubble the way we have.
‘These are two boys I don’t know particularly well at the moment so I cannot speak in great depth. I’ve got to try to speak with them later in the appropriate way. They have apologised but everything has happened so quickly and we have to get to the facts.
‘This is the job like no other. All management roles are difficult and this is another level, in terms of what you have to deal and what is expected. The players who have been with us for a long time know exactly what is expected.
‘Whenever people have stepped across that line when they have been with us we have dealt with it appropriately, but we cannot act on things that happen when they are not with us.’