Southgate explains plan for Greenwood and Foden after England omission

Gareth Southgate says Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have "suffered enough now" despite omitting both players from his next England squad.

The duo were sent home from the last Three Lions camp after breaching coronavirus restrictions by inviting Icelandic girls to the team hotel.

Both players had only just made their senior debuts just days prior in the 1-0 win over Iceland, but will not feature in the upcoming triple header.

England face Wales in a friendly before Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark next week, but neither Greenwood nor Foden are included, though Southgate insists the door is not shut on the pair.

Addressing their misdemeanour, Southgate said: "Whatever decision we would have taken this would have been the story tomorrow.

"We have to send a message to all our players in our teams at every age level that that sort of thing isn't how we do things with England.

"Then we've got to rehabilitate these two boys. Young people will make mistakes. These lads have suffered enough now."

Both players issued separate apologies after the incident in Reykjavik and have since returned to action with their respective clubs.

Greenwood scored in Man Utd's EFL Cup win over Luton last week and had a goal ruled out in their weekend victory against Brighton.

Foden meanwhile has scored two goals in Man City's opening three games, but that was not enough to persuade Southgate to change his stance.

The England boss continued: "I think they need this period of reflection but that gives them the opportunity to get back on their feet with their clubs, enjoy their football again.

"I can speak to them after this camp and it will be just be about their form then."

While Greenwood and Foden have been axed, there is a recall for United captain Harry Maguire following his fracas in Mykonos.

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Maguire was selected for the last squad before being dropped after his criminal conviction, only for the case to be overturned as he awaits an appeal hearing.

Southgate said: "I think I said last month there was absolutely no reason we couldn't pick Harry this time.

"He has been our most reliable defender over the last couple of years so it was not even a consideration that he would be in the squad or not."

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