Greenwood and Faden will travel back to England, Gareth Southgate has confirmed; Watch Denmark vs England live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm on Tuesday; Kick-off at 4.45pm
Written by Husmukh Kerai
Last updated: 07/09/20 4:09 p.m.
Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden will not travel with the England team from Iceland to Denmark in violation of UEFA coronavirus protocol, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.
FA Affland Iceland is investigating media reports that Greenwood and Foden violated separate rules while staying at their team hotel in Reykjavik.
Southgate have confirmed that the pair have breached coronavirus safe bubble guidelines and have been sent back to England without contacting any other players since Monday morning.
“Unfortunately this morning it came to my notice that the two boys had broken the Covid guideline in the direction of our safe bubbles.
“We had to decide very quickly that they could not interact with the team, would not be able to train.
“We have to travel to England separately to see the procedures we have to follow now.”
Southgate said the FAA had made bookings for the England team as the breach took place outside part of the hotel.
He stressed, “Nothing happened in the areas we occupy at the Team Hotel.”
“We’re still getting to the depth of all the information because it was only brought to my attention a few hours before the training, I’m still going to take some details.
“What is clear is that the coronavirus guidelines were violated. We spent so much time taking those measures, the whole squad followed it together.
“We had four tests during our stay together. Our staff was incredible in keeping that safe and tight.
“In that case, we have no choice but to do what we are doing.”
Asked if Manchester City midfielder Foden and Manchester United striker Greenwood had actually left the team hotel, Southgate replied: “I’m not going into any further details until everything is clear.
“No one outside our party was in the area of the hotel we occupied.”
Southgate believes there is no danger of the game being called against Denmark because of how the staff followed the instructions and restricted Foden and Greenwood’s access to the rest of the team.
“We are very clear that no other members of our team have contacted these players. That is why they could not join us for breakfast or training. We followed the guidelines,” he said.
“This is a very serious situation and we have treated it that way and acted as fast as we could.
“They were innocent and we have dealt with it properly. The whole world is working on this epidemic and every age has a responsibility to protect each other.”
The pair were not the only players as Southgate held its final tactical session at Reykjavik’s Lagardalsvolu Stadium before Tuesday’s game.
Both players made their full international debuts in Saturday’s 1-0 Nations League against Iceland.
Southgate will have a squad of 22 selected for the game in Copenhagen, which is going live Sky Sports Football Tuesday evening from.
Denmark Director: This is not a very good situation
Denmark are hopeful that England’s game will move forward but will talk to UEFA before Tuesday’s meeting.
Denmark manager Caspar Hজzuland said they would accept whatever the outcome.
“This is not a very good situation,” Jazuland said. “The Danish FA will take care of it and look into it. Hopefully we can play the game.
“It’s very important for us to stay within the protocol we’ve given. It’s about football and the survival of football, being able to play.
“There’s a lot going on so we can actually play these matches so we have to concentrate.”
Man Utid and Man City have condemned the behavior of Greenwood and Faden
Manchester United have said they are in contact with the FA and are “disappointed with Mason Greenwood’s actions in this situation”.
The club will wait to find out if Greenwood will have to enter a 14-day quarantine on his return to England and decide on his eligibility to return to proper training.
Manchester City, meanwhile, say Foden’s “inappropriate” behavior falls below the club’s standards and the club supports the FA over the incident.
“It is clear that Phil’s actions were completely inappropriate,” Citi said in a statement.
“Not only does his behavior directly violate strict guidelines regarding the Covid 19, but he is also a Manchester City player and falls short of England’s international expectations.
“The club supports the FA on the incident and club officials are now in contact with Phil’s application to return to the UK.
“We have no further comment on this.”
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