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Eddie Jones says his England players do not need curfews

Published 17/11/2016

England head coach Eddie Jones does not impose a curfew on his players
England head coach Eddie Jones does not impose a curfew on his players

Eddie Jones insists he would have failed in his choice of leaders if England implemented the type of player curfew now being considered by the Football Association.

The FA is conducting a "proper investigation'' into events involving England captain Wayne Rooney and any of its staff following the emergence of ''inappropriate'' images from The Grove Hotel on Saturday night.

Rooney has ''unreservedly'' apologised to interim manager Gareth Southgate, the FA and football supporters in general and the governing body has confirmed that overnight free time, which has been in place for a number of years, will now be reviewed.

When asked what a curfew would mean for his squad, head coach Jones said: "Well then I've got the wrong captain and the wrong vice-captains.

"The time we have to have a curfew is the time we don't have a leadership group within the team.

"The players are adults. Most of the players have got their own families. After the game they'll go back to the hotel, they'll have a few beers and they'll decide when they go to bed.

"We've got a great leadership group within the team so we don't need to have curfews. I generally like the players to set the regulations because then it's self-policing.

"I've had teams that have set curfews. Most teams I've had have never set curfews.

"They are professional sportsmen who have the privilege of playing for England.

"They have to do everything to be at their best for England. If they do anything outside of that, then they don't want to play for England."

England captain Dylan Hartley echoed his coach's view by stating "if you treat men like men, you get men".

"We police ourselves and we trust individuals to make the right decisions. That is how our team operate. I don't know how other teams do it," Hartley said.

"If you're alluding to what we are going to do after the Fiji game at the weekend, we have got another Test match to get ready for.

"We have got a recovery session on Sunday so it would be a good time to see partners and families, acknowledge the effort that you have put in this week and in the game and have a couple of beers. But we trust individuals to make good decisions.

"Our culture this year has loosened. We have gone the other way. We just trust in the guys to make good decisions. We don't have an A4 sheet with rules written on it.

"We just trust the guys to do the right thing. Luckily we haven't had any issues as of yet. If you treat men like men, you get men."

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