English boss Gareth Southgate says the actions of Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden are ‘a mystery’ to him
Gareth Southgate says the embarrassed couple Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden would have ‘gone home’ whether breaking Covid’s rules or not following their Icelandic antics, while the enraged English boss admits their actions are ‘a puzzle to me’ to be.
- English boss Gareth Southgate spoke about 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 the England games in October
- They were kicked out of the English squad after inviting girls to their hotel
Gareth Southgate has revealed that he would have sent Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood home for their misconduct in inviting girls to the English team hotel in Reykjavik, even if the squad hadn’t been living in a bio-secure bubble.
The England manager described the pair’s behavior as ‘in any case unacceptable’ after the goalless draw with Denmark, a disappointing spectacle completely overshadowed by the scandal that broke out on the eve of the match.
Greenwood joined Foden on Tuesday in offering a public apology, but both players will have to offer more than words to regain the confidence of Southgate and the rest of the England management team.
Gareth Southgate has spoken out about Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood’s antics in Iceland
Greenwood and Foden (pictured) broke protocols and fined after smuggling two girls into their Iceland hotel room and breaking their covid-19 bubble
Southgate said, ‘I don’t really understand how players could have felt that behavior was acceptable. That is a puzzle to me.
‘What is clear is that we are talking about a COVID infringement. Once we knew that, we had to act quickly.
What has emerged since then is that whether it was COVID or not, they would have gone home. Everyone should be aware that in a camp in England is not tolerated. ‘
“It’s been a pretty normal week, as far as I can tell! I am really resilient to it. I was determined to get us out of here with something.
‘We weren’t going to fold. We showed that we were a team of men. We honestly shouldn’t have played. I have to commend everyone’s efforts. The past three weeks have been chaos. ‘
Southgate says Foden and Greenwood’s actions in Iceland were “a mystery” to the manager
Despite being disappointed with their actions in Iceland, he said they needed help with rebuilding.
“I’ve talked to them both,” Southgate said. “As I said yesterday, they know what happened is unacceptable. It was unacceptable based on COVID, but as I have learned more details it is not unacceptable on any basis. Either way, they would have gone home.
‘They are young men who need consequences to be there. But they need support now because they are all over the press, everyone is pouring into them, and they need help rebuilding.
It is not certain whether the Manchester City and United stars will be called up in October
‘The need to understand the expectations of an English player and we need to help them in that process. That will take time and we need to build some trust.
“But you have to get young people back on their feet and that is also an important part of what we have to do.”
Southgate is unlikely to impose further disciplinary sanctions, but did not promise an immediate return to the squad for next month’s games against Wales, Denmark and Iceland.
“There is a lot of thought and a lot of confidence to be built first, but I intend not to hurt these guys anymore,” he said.
“They go through with their families, they go through with their friends and I don’t have to add anything to that.”