Phil Foden issues apology after drop from England's national team
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Phil Foden issues apology after drop from England's national team

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were yesterday dropped by England after breaching coronavirus isolation rules following Saturday's win over Iceland, as confirmed by Gareth Southgate.

Just 48 hours after 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, and Foden has now issued an apology via his official Twitter page.

"I apologize to Gareth Southgate, to my England team-mates, to the staff, supporters and also to my club and my family," he wrote.

"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 judgment and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week."

Gareth Southgate confirmed the decision to drop the two exciting youngsters, saying;

"Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that two boys have broken the COVID guidelines in terms of our secure bubble and so we had to decide very quickly that they couldn’t have any interaction with the team," he told reporters.

"These are two boys I don’t know particularly well at the moment so can’t speak in great depth. I have got to try and speak with them later in the appropriate way. They have got responsibilities and they have apologized.

👀 Foden & Greenwood dropped from England team after breaking COVID-19 guidelines

Man City & Man United react

Manchester United said it was “disappointed” by Greenwood's conduct, while Foden's conduct was branded “totally inappropriate” by his club, Manchester City.

“His behavior not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to Covid-19 but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international,” City said in a statement.

“The club supports the FA regarding this incident, and officials from the club are now in touch in relation to Phil’s enforced early return to the U.K.”