‘Whether it was Covid or not, they would have been going home’: Gareth Southgate says Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood’s Iceland hotel antics would’ve been unacceptable even without a pandemic going on and admits he’s still ‘puzzled’ by the pair
- Gareth Southgate offered a fierce rebuke of Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood
- After England’s goalless draw with Denmark, he said the pair ‘need support’
- It is not certain whether they will be selected for England’s games in October
- They were kicked out of the England squad after inviting girls to the team hotel
Gareth Southgate said on Tuesday night that Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood would have to regain his trust after inviting girls back to England’s team hotel.
The manager also said he would have sent the duo home for their misconduct in Reykjavik even if the squad had not been living in a biosecure bubble.
Gareth Southgate (C) would have sent Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood home for their actions in Iceland even if the team were not in a biosecure bubble
Greenwood and Foden (pictured) broke protocols and have been fined after they snuck girls into their hotel room in Iceland, breaking their Covid-19 bubble
Southgate says the Manchester City and United youngsters’ actions in Iceland ‘were a puzzle’
Greenwood joined Foden in offering a public apology on Tuesday, but both players will need more than words to regain the trust of Southgate.
‘I have spoken to both of them,’ he said.
‘They know what has happened is unacceptable. It was unacceptable on a Covid basis, but as I have learned more details, it is unacceptable on any basis.
‘Either way they would have gone home. They are young men who need consequences being there.
‘I do not really understand how the players could have felt that behaviour was acceptable. That is a puzzle to me.
‘But they now need support. Everybody is wading in on them and they need help to rebuild.
It is not certain whether the Manchester City and United stars will be called up in October
‘They need to understand the expectations of being an England player and we have to help them in that process.
‘That is going to take time and we need to build some trust.’
Southgate is unlikely to impose further sanctions, but stopped short of promising an immediate return to the squad next month.
‘There is a lot of thinking and a lot of trust needs to be built, but my mind-set is not to hurt these boys any more,’ he said.