Southgate explains why he omitted Greenwood and Foden
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Southgate explains why he omitted Greenwood and Foden

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed why he has dropped Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden from his squad that is set for games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.

Greenwood and Foden both made their senior debuts last month in the Nations League win at Iceland but were sent home before the squad travelled to Denmark for an ‘unacceptable’ breach of COVID-19 quarantine.

“We have to send a message to all our players in our teams at every age level that that sort of thing isn’t how we do things with England. Then we’ve got to rehabilitate these two boys. Young people will make mistakes.

“I do a lot of work with the Prince’s Trust. They are brilliant at helping youngsters to get people back on their feet when things haven’t gone right. These lads have suffered enough now. I think they need this period of reflection but that gives them the opportunity to get back on their feet with their clubs, enjoy their football again. I can speak to them after this camp and it will be just being about their form then,” Southgate said.

Greenwood and Foden both issued statements apologizing for their actions, with their clubs backing the FA's decision to send them home.

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