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Manchester City star Phil Foden has apologised after being kicked out of the England squad for breaking coronavirus protocol.
Foden and Manchester United ace Mason Greenwood were both sent home by Gareth Southgate, having invited two women back to the team hotel in Iceland following England’s 1-0 win in the Nations League.
The pair, who will now miss tomorrow’s clash with Denmark and instead jet home on separate flights, were hauled before Southgate and made to apologise for their actions.
And now Foden has issued a public apology over the incident, admitting he still has “a lot to learn”.
The 20-year-old said: “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.
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“I will learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgment and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week.”
Southgate confirmed on Monday that both players have been sent home, branding their Iceland antics "naive".
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