Greenwood speaks out after being axed by England for meeting girls at hotel

Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has issued an apology after he was dropped by England for meeting girls in a room at the team’s hotel in Iceland at the weekend.

The 18-year-old and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden have been sent back to the UK after they broke strict coronavirus restrictions to meet with two Icelandic women at England’s team hotel in Reykjavik.

Foden and Greenwood arranged to meet 20-year-old Icelandic model, Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, and her cousin, Lara Clausen, a 19-year-old law student.

After discovering that Foden and Greenwood broke the team’s Covid-19 guidelines which prevented England players from meeting anyone outside the squad – including members of their own family – the pair were barred from Monday’s training session.

The two players will also take no part in England’s fixture against Denmark on Tuesday evening.

‘Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused,’ read a statement from Greenwood.

‘It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.

‘In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me.

‘Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake.

‘I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.’

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