Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood have been sent home for breaching coronavirus protocols.
England national team manager Gareth Southgate confirmed the players broke quarantine rules, in a news conference ahead of England’s UEFA Nations League match away at Denmark on Tuesday.
Southgate said: “Unfortunately this morning [it] was brought to my attention that two boys had broken the Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble And so we had to decide, very quickly, that they couldn’t have any interaction with the team, rest of the team, wouldn’t be able to travel to training. And given the procedures that we have to follow now they’ll have to travel back to England separately.”
England were in Reykjavik following a 1-0 victory over Iceland in the Nations League. Since the win, Icelandic media outlet DV reported the two England players were visited by two Icelandic girls in their hotel. Southgate says that no other players have been affected.
“Nothing has happened in the areas that we occupy in the hotel, we’re still getting to the depths of all the information because as I said this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training.
“Nobody from outside our party has been into the areas of the hotel that we’re occupying.”