Icelandic woman ‘feels sorry’ for Phil Foden’s girlfriend after England shame

The second woman involved in the England footballers hotel scandal insists she feels “sorry” for the girlfriend of Phil Foden.

Foden was kicked out of England’s training camp in Iceland along with Mason Greenwood over the weekend, having breached coronavirus protocols by inviting two girls into the team hotel after their Nations League win on Saturday.

The Manchester City and Manchester United youngsters arrived back in England on Monday night, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate warning them to expect a public backlash over the incident.

Lara Clausen, 19, has provided further details of their secret liaison with Foden and Greenwood at England’s hotel.

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Foden has a two-year-old son with long-term girlfriend Rebecca Cooke, but Clausen denies any knowledge of that before choosing to meet up with him.

“Many have said to me that he (Foden) has a girlfriend and a child, I did not know,” she said.

“I did not Google the person before I went to meet him, I feel for everyone around him. Family, girlfriend, teammates and him too.

“It is an honour to play with the national team.

“I realised that they were something known, but it was a big mistake for all parties not to have thought beyond what happened.”

She added: “We can not take this back, this is something you have to live with.”

Clausen gave an interview to a local newspaper in Iceland while also posting a short video on Instagram.

“I have come in here to come clean, to tell about my side and the right side of this issue, which has attracted much more attention than I had thought,” she explained.

“To answer the main question, I'm the person who picked up the boys and took up this whole situation. It was a huge mistake.

“Honestly with all my conscience, I did not realise how famous these guys were.

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“I do not watch football and have never done, I did not realise what I was putting on the internet.

“I had to learn the hard way that not everything belongs on the internet, you have to be careful what you put on the internet.

“I did not realise it. I put this in a private story on my Snapchat and I thought it would never go any further, I did not realise who these guys were and how big it would be.”

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