FA vow full investigation into Greenwood and Foden as pair face police probe

The FA have released a fresh statement regarding Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood after the shamed pair were dumped from the England squad.

The youngsters have not travelled with the England squad to Denmark for their latest Nations League game after they broke regulations concerning the biosecure bubble surrounding the team.

Allegations emerged in the Icelandic media outlet DV on Monday that the pair were visited by two local girls during the trip and Reykjavík Metropolitan Police reportedly plan to "look into" the claims.

Southgate addressed the issue at his press conference and the FA have now vowed to carry out a "full investigation" and confirmed both have apologised for their actions.

An FA spokesperson said: "Whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of our COVID-19 rules.

"While they did not leave the team hotel, it was an unacceptable breach of our protocol. They have both apologised for their serious lack of judgement.

"The FA will be launching a full investigation into the circumstances leading up to this breach. We have spoken to the Iceland FA to offer our apologies for this incident and to ensure them that we are taking the appropriate steps.

"We have also assured the Danish FA that all other players and staff members have been isolated within our group throughout this period.

"Our immediate priority now is preparing the team for the match against Denmark tomorrow."

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Southgate said: "Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that two boys have broken the Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble and we had to decide very quickly that they could't have any interaction with the team or travel to training.

"Given the procedures we have to follow they will have to travel home separately.

"Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the hotel.

"We are still getting to the depths of all the information because this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training, so I'm still getting to grips with the detail.

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"What is clear is there is a breach of the Covid-19 guidelines. The whole squad have really followed that to the letter. I'm not going into any more details until I'm aware of everything.

"We've spent a long time putting the guidelines in place, and the whole squad have followed that to the letter.

"We've had four tests in the period we've been together, our staff have done an incredible job of keeping it secure and tight, which was so important both to get the games played and also for the safety and security of our team and staff.

"So in that respect we have no alternative but to do what we are doing."

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