Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden are set to be left out of the England squad for three upcoming fixtures as they continue to be punished for breaking Covid-19 protocols on their last international call-ups.
Harry Maguire is due to return to the fold, though, after missing the last two games as he was arrested on Mykonos. The Manchester United captain was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery, but has appealed and a retrial is pending.
England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed after the last fixtures against Iceland and Denmark, that he was intending to recall Maguire, saying: ‘We will absolutely look to get him involved in October.’
Greenwood and Foden will not be getting an immediate recall, though, after they were sent home before the Denmark match for inviting women into their hotel room in Iceland, breaking protocol.
Both players had made their England debuts against Iceland but are now going to have to wait for their second caps as Southgate has decided to punish them further for their foolishness.
The manager vowed to help get the Manchester United and Manchester City youngsters back into the England squad, but appeared exasperated with how they behaved, saying they would have been sent home for their actions regardless of Covid-19.
‘I have spoken to both of them, as I said yesterday, they know what happened was unacceptable on a COVID basis, but as I’ve learned more details, it was unacceptable on any basis,’ said Southgate earlier this month.
‘But you have got to help young people get back on their feet.’
England have a triple-header next month, taking on Wales in a friendly on 8 October, followed by Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark.
All three are played at Wembley and the squad will be announced on Thursday 1 October.