Greenwood and Foden England futures on knife edge after breaking lockdown rules

Gareth Southgate has refused to divulge what impact breaking lockdown rules in Iceland will have on the England careers of Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood.

The FA have launched an investigation into reports the duo broke the squad bubble by inviting two women back to the team hotel in Reykjavik following England's 1-0 win in the Nations League.

Foden, 20 and 18-year-old Greenwood will now miss Tuesday's game in Denmark and jet home on separate flights instead.

Both were hauled before Southgate and forced to apologise for their actions. It remains to be seen how Southgate will choose to discipline the duo.

Southgate admitted the situation was 'serious' but refused to discuss if they would be dropped from the squad for future games.

He said: "It is a very serious situation and we have treated it that way. I have spent the morning dealing with this and then helping the coaches take training in preparation for the game tomorrow.

"They have been naive and we have dealt with it appropriately. I recognise their age, but of course, the whole world is dealing with this pandemic and there is a responsibility on all ages that they do their part.

"We are not underestimating how important it is we keep the bubble the way we have.

"All of those other things are too early, until I'm totally aware of every situation. I'm a father of young adults and I know they can get things wrong. We are not excusing that in this instance and we have to assess everything else moving forward.

"We have to treat every incident repeatedly. These are two boys I don't know particularly well at the moment so I cannot speak in great depth.

"I've got to try to speak with them later in the appropriate way. They have apologised but everything has happened so quickly and we have to get to the facts.

"This is the job (England manager) like no other. All management roles are difficult and this is another level, in terms of what you have to deal and what is expected.

"The players who have been with us for a long time know exactly what is expected. Whenever people have stepped across that line when they have been with us we have dealt with it appropriately, but we cannot act on things that happen when they are not with us."

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