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Man City’s Foden apologizes after COVID-19 breach leads to England dismissal

Foden apology

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Birkir Bjarnason of Iceland controls the ball while under pressure from Phil Foden of England during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Iceland and England at Laugardalsvollur National Stadium on September 05, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Photo by Haflidi Breidfjord/Getty Images)

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Manchester City starlet Phil Foden has issued an apology after both he and Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood were dropped from the England set-up following COVID-19 a protocol breach in Iceland.

Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, both made their senior debuts in England’s 1-0 UEFA Nations League win at Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday and the Three Lions stayed in Iceland to train before flying to Copenhagen to play against Denmark on Tuesday.

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The players were reportedly caught bringing Icelandic girls to their hotel rooms, an incident revealed to the world through the girls’ social media accounts after the game.

Young players, even phenoms, have as much to learn off the field as on it.

Foden issued an apology to his club and country as well as his family, saying he will learn from the incident. There is a police investigation into the incident, which breaks Iceland’s COVID-19 protocols.

This won’t go over well anywhere, but Pep Guardiola will be flummoxed after his long grooming process of Foden as a professional saw the Englishman makes a mistake like this.

This is, after all, the player he’s hoping fills David Silva’s boots. And with how Gareth Southgate runs the England ship, it could be a bit before Foden gets the chance to re-establish himself in the Three Lions set-up.

Foden has 15 goals and 12 assists in 72 career appearances for Man City. He went 68 minutes in the 1-0 win over Iceland.