England youngsters Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been barred from travelling with their team-mates to Denmark on Monday after footage emerged of the pair bringing girls back to the team hotel in Iceland.
The players violated Iceland’s COVID-19 restrictions. After a spike in local transmissions, the government recently clamped down and brought in further restrictions.
The duo’s conduct in bringing girls back to the quarantine hotel also contravened the English Football Association’s behavioural rules for players whilst on international duty.
In the short clip, Foden and Greenwood appear to be wearing their new England training wear.
Manchester City midfielder Foden started for Gareth Southgate’s side against Iceland on Saturday night, making his senior international debut, while Greenwood came off the bench to achieve the same feat.
The pair were both absent from England training on Monday before it was then confirmed that they would leave the camp and travel home before the team’s second and final match.
Reacting to the incident, head coach Southgate described the players’ conduct as “naive” while confirming that neither player will be in the England squad for the match against Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday night.
“It is a very serious situation. They have been naive. We have dealt with it appropriately. I recognise their age but the whole world are dealing with the pandemic so they have to play their part in restricting the virus,” he said.
“They have responsibilities, they have apologised. For the rest, we have to get to the bottom of all the facts.”
The England boss added that the duo would have to travel back to England separately.