Premier League stars Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been axed from the England squad for inviting two girls to their hotel.
Gareth Southgate confirmed the shamed duo will be sent home after breaching the coronavirus guidelines following the win over Iceland.
Manchester United star Greenwood, 18, and City ace Phil Foden, 20, both made their international debuts in the 1-0 win over Iceland.
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According to sources from Iceland including newspaper DV, the two girls posted photographs of Greenwood and Foden to Snapchat.
In the video, one girl can be heard saying: “Casual Sunday here with *****. She was booking a hotel to meet who?”
The other one answered: “Mason Greenwood, and I’m nervous. Very f****** nervous.”
Model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, has since revealed how she had been chatting with Greenwood for a “couple of days” before he and Foden, who has now apologised, arrived in Iceland.
After she and her 19-year-old cousin Lara Clausen visited the hotel, she told The Daily Mail: “We met online. I was talking to Mason for a couple of days before they came to Iceland.
“They did know that they had to quarantine, but we figured that since they were playing Iceland, they had been tested before and it would be OK.”
Nadia added: “We haven’t spoken to them since. We don’t want to interrupt them because they are of course going through a lot right now. They haven’t contacted us.
“It was a good night that we had, of course. We were all the four of us spending time together and getting to know each other. They were nice guys. Really, really nice.”
Southgate confirmed the pair will NOT play in the match against Denmark on Tuesday.
Speaking to the media, he said: “Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention two guys have broken the covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble and so we had to decide very quickly they could not have any interaction with the team and could not travel to training.
“Given the procedures we have to follow they will have to travel back to separately.”
When asked if they had invited two girls to their hotel, Southgate replied: “Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the hotel.
“We are still getting to the depths of the information. I am still getting to grips with the details but what is clear there was a breach of the covid guidelines.
“We have spent such a long time getting the measures in place and the whole squad have followed that.
“We have had four tests since we have been together and the staff have done an incredible job to keep it safe and tight.
“In that respect we had no alternative to do what we are doing.
“I am not going into any more detail. No-one from outside our party has been in the hotels we occupy.”
When asked about punishing the pair for breaching the rules, Southgate said: “All of those things are too early until I have all the information.”
Greenwood and Foden will travel together on a private flight back to Manchester tonight after speaking with local police regarding their Covid rule-breaking.
The pair were fined £1,300 by Icelandic authorities for their breach of quarantine rules.
Before returning home, Foden broke his silence with a statement on social media – while Greenwood has DELETED his Twitter account.
Foden 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.
“I will learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgement and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week.”
Both Man City and United have also both condemned the actions of their respective players.
United’s statement confirmed the club are in talks with the FA.
It read: “Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation.”
A statement from Manchester City read: “It is clear that Phil’s actions were totally inappropriate. His behaviour 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 #MCFC”
A video of the phone conversation between axed England stars Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden and two girls has surfaced online.
One of the girls is seen laughing while asking the players “what’s the plan?” for sneaking into the hotel.
The conversation between the female and footy stars continues, with the girl responding “what you think bro” when asked what she is coming to the hotel for.
And the clip finishes with one of the players then asking the girl if she has a friend who could come with her.
Here’s the full transcript of the clip:
Player 1: “Say that again? What was you saying?”
Girl 1: Laughing “What’s the plan?”
Player 1: “What’s the plan?”
Girl 1: “Mmm”
Player 2: “It depends what you want.”
Player 1: “He said, ‘Depends, what do you want?’”
Girl 1: “We can come to the hotel, but I don’t know how you’re going to sneak us in.”
Player 1: “What are you coming to the hotel for?”
Player 2: “What do you think?!”
Girl 1: “Yeah – what do you think bro!” Laughs
Player 1: “Have you got a mate?”