|Phil Foden (left), and Mason Greenwood (right)|
England’s brightest talents, Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been removed from England squad to face Denmark for Tuesday’s UEFA Nations League tie after the pair breached coronavirus guidelines.
“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 they couldn’t have interaction with the rest of the team.“Given the procedures, we have to follow they will have to travel home separately.“Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the hotel. We are still getting to the depths of all the information because this was only brought to my 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 going into any more details until I’m aware of everything.“We’ve spent a long time putting the guidelines in place, and the whole squad have followed that to the letter.“We’ve had four tests in the period we’ve been together, our staff have done an incredible job of keeping it secure and tight, which was so important both to get the games played and also for the safety and security of our team and staff.“So in that respect, we have no alternative but to do what we are doing.”
“I think at the moment I’m trying to take a lot of information in.“Obviously they have been naive, we have dealt with it appropriately. I recognise their age but the whole world is dealing with this pandemic.“I’m a father with children, young adults, I know people get things wrong. I’m not excusing that in this instance.“These are two boys I don’t know particularly well at the moment so can’t speak in great depth. I have got to try and speak with them later in the appropriate way. They have got responsibilities and they have apologized.”