Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have apologized for their “irresponsible” behavior at Iceland after being dropped from England squad.
The duo broke quarantine rules and were sent back to England without contact with any other players after being fined 250,000 Icelandic Krona (£1,360) each which they will have to pay individually.
On Monday, Foden issued a lengthy apology on Instagram: “Following the story which has emerged today regarding my actions in Iceland, I want to make a full apology.
“I apologise to Gareth Southgate, to my England team mates, to the staff, supporters and also to my club and my family.
“When I was called up by Gareth for these games, my first reaction was that of immense pride. To pull on that shirt for the senior team in my England debut was an incredible privilege.
“I am a young player with a lot to learn, but I am aware of the huge responsibility I have in representing Manchester City and England at this level. On this occasion I made a poor decision and my behaviour didn’t meet the standards expected of me.
“I breached COVID-19 protocols put in place to protect myself and my England colleagues. As a consequence I will now miss the opportunity to travel to Denmark with the squad, and that hurts. I will learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgement and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week.”
Greenwood wrote his own apology on Manchester United official website on Tuesday.
“Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused.
“It was irresponsible of me to break the Covid-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.
“In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down when he had shown great trust in me. Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake.
“I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.”
Foden does not have to self isolate after returning to the UK but he will be tested for Covid-19 before he is able to resume training with City.
Greenwood on the other hand will also be tested before he can train with United, while the club will await the findings of an FA investigation before deciding what action to take against the striker.