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Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

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Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been sent home by England for what Gareth Southgate called a "very serious" breach of coronavirus regulations, leading to a Football Association investigation and public rebuke by the apologetic players' clubs.

Within 48 hours of making their Three Lions debut against Iceland, the Manchester City playmaker and Manchester United forward left the camp after breaching the strict bio-bubble in Reykjavik.

Allegations emerged that Foden and Greenwood had spent time with two girls during the trip, with Icelandic media outlet DV publishing purported footage filmed by one of them.

Southgate refused to confirm the exact nature of the breach but underlined England's rapid response when it became clear that the duo had jeopardised the stringent Covid-19 measures.

"Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble," the England boss said.

"And so we had to decide very quickly that they couldn't have any interaction with the rest of the team, wouldn't be able to travel to training.

"Given the procedures that we have to follow now, they'll have to travel back to England separately."

Belfast Telegraph