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Manchester United and England forward Mason Greenwood has issued a public apology over his antics with Phil Foden.
The pair sneaked model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, into the Three Lions' hotel with 19-year-old law student cousin Lara Clausen after Gareth Southgate’s side beat Iceland 1-0 on Saturday.
Both players were subsequently sent home as punishment for breaking Covid-19 regulations, a day after making their full international debuts.
Neither will take part in England's Nations League clash with Denmark tonight.
And in the wake of the poor piece of judgement from Foden and Greenwood, the latter deleted his personal Twitter account on Monday.
Today, on United's official website, a message from Greenwood read: “Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused.
“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.”
Foden issued his own statement on social media yesterday, saying: “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 judgment and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week.”
It remains to be seen when Foden or Greenwood will be seen again in an England shirt.
Meanwhile, both Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have decisions to make as to when the two will be integrated back into their respective squads.
The 2020/21 Premier League season gets underway imminently, and it is an unwelcome distraction for both City and United.
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