Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell will miss England's friendly against Wales on Thursday, manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

The Football Association (FA) launched an investigation after the trio allegedly broke coronavirus protocols by attending a party, which reportedly was held to celebrate Abraham's 23rd birthday and took place at the Chelsea striker's London flat on Saturday.

Coronavirus regulations in the United Kingdom currently prohibit meetings of more than six people in social situations, but British tabloid The Sun claimed approximately 20 people were at the party.

The FA delayed Sancho, Abraham and Chilwell from joining the team while they looked into the incident and it has now been confirmed they will not take part against Wales.

Southgate added that they will not be in contention for Sunday's Nations League meeting with Belgium either if they are not able to join the squad on Friday.

"I think the players have already accepted they were in the wrong. They had broken those lockdown guidelines that were there," Southgate said on Wednesday.

"I have to be careful being on my moral high horse about things that happen when we aren't in camp with the team.

"We do have an issue in terms of the COVID guidelines and making sure any player that comes in is as lower risk as possible to the group. We are having to monitor the players, they are being tested today and tomorrow, we have to check for further symptoms.

"They obviously miss the game with Wales. If they are not able to be with us by Friday morning, they will miss the game with Belgium.

"We just have to make sure to protect the whole group - that is key. The timelines on the incubation period are really complex and we have to manage that as best we can."

Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were sent home during the previous international break for breaching coronavirus protocols in Iceland and Southgate has reminded the players of their responsibilities.

"I don't think we can attribute what happens when they are the responsibility of their clubs to England," said Southgate.

"At the beginning of the week we had a good meeting with the players and spoke about the responsibility of being an England Player and how the spotlight is different.

"When the [Sancho, Abraham and Chilwell] story broke, there was no mention of their clubs. Whether they have one cap or 50 caps, it takes a lot of energy and time away from the team. The players in camp are 100 per cent focused on the game.

"If you are going into major tournament and it happens, then they can derail you. That did not happen in Russia and it allowed us to focus on our football.

"I have also talked about the connection of the fans and we have 10 with us who were in Russia. They have done good work with their clubs and communities, but some of the young ones have not done that and they need to prove themselves.

"They need to remember it is an honour to play for England. We have all made errors, I had nights out as player, but we are living in unique times with COVID. Politicians, businessmen have erred within the field.

"Fighting the virus, we need to work to pull together. There is a lot of disharmony now when before we saw people clapping the NHS and doing shopping for their neighbours."

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho responded to Gareth Southgate in their public jousting over Harry Kane, joking that he will not use the England captain in "one minute of any friendly match" this season. 

England manager Southgate recently hit back at Mourinho after the Spurs head coach urged his counterpart not to overuse Kane in the upcoming international games.

The Three Lions have three fixtures coming up in October, with a friendly against Wales taking place on October 8 before Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark.

Spurs have had a congested start to the 2020-21 season, with their 7-2 Europa League win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday their seventh game of the campaign already. 

Kane plundered a hat-trick against the Israeli side to book Spurs' place in the Europa League group stages and Mourinho was not in the mood to back down on his stance of how his talismanic forward should be used on international duty.

"His match was a fundamental match for us," he told a media conference. "A match that means a few million pounds and means that we are in a group phase of a competition that we have ambitions for. 

"What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland [England assistant manager] and Gareth is not to be jealous. I can promise that until the end of the season I won't play Harry Kane in one minute of any friendly match."

Spurs were electric in attack at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a Giovani Lo Celso brace and goals from Lucas Moura and Dele Alli securing a memorable win.

It was Netherlands international Steven Bergwijn, however, that caught Mourinho's eye with a display full of direct running and incisive passing. 

"The team needs that, playing against a team that was pressing so high and giving space in behind," Mourinho said.

"He was very, very important. He didn't lose the ball. He dropped, he got the ball, he beat people. He was really good. I am sorry for him that he did not score. A very good performance. 

"Physically he is getting better, he is getting sharper. We have incredible options in the attacking positions and we are very happy."

Mourinho faces a quick turnaround now to get his players ready for a Premier League clash with former side Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

England boss Gareth Southgate has told Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood to make the most of a "period of reflection" after dropping both for the games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.

A breach of coronavirus isolation rules while in Iceland last month has proven costly for Manchester City playmaker Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood, but the England door will be open to them in future.

That means both could still play a key role for the Three Lions at next year's delayed Euro 2020 finals.

Foden, 20, and Greenwood, who turned 19 on Thursday, appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the women they were said to be socialising with at England's team hotel in Iceland, a meeting forbidden under the country's strict rules in response to COVID-19.

Both were sent home and missed a subsequent game against Denmark, with Southgate taking a dim view of the episode.

Speaking as he named a 30-man squad on Thursday for the October triple-header, Southgate was asked about the conspicuous exclusion of Foden and Greenwood.

He said: "They're two very talented players. I think with that happened there's two parts: one is we have to send a message to all the players in our teams at every age level that that sort of thing isn't how we do things with England, but then we also have to rehabilitate these two boys.

"Young people will make mistakes. I do a lot of work with the Prince's Trust [charity] who are brilliant at helping youngsters to get back on their feet when things haven't gone right.

"These lads have suffered now enough. We didn't think it was right - I think they need this period of reflection - but then that gives them the opportunity to get back on their feet with their clubs, enjoy their football again.

"They're both starting to play well again which is important. Then I can speak to them after this camp and it will just be about their form as to whether they're selected next time round."

Harry Maguire was recalled, the Manchester United captain having been picked by England and then dropped ahead of last month's games after he was originally found guilty of assault following an incident on holiday in Mykonos, Greece.

Maguire's legal representatives lodged an appeal, meaning the court's initial verdict was nullified and a full retrial will now take place at a more senior court, with Southgate saying there was "no reason we couldn't pick him."

England play Wales in a friendly on October 8 before Nations League games against Belgium three days later and Denmark on October 14, with all the fixtures being played at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate has left Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood out of the latest England squad after they were sent home from international duty last month but Harry Maguire returns to the fold.

Greenwood, 19, and Phil Foden, 20, were removed from the Three Lions' squad prior to the game in Denmark last month after it emerged they had ignored coronavirus-prevention protocols in Iceland following England's 1-0 Nations League win, a game in which both players made their senior debuts.

An Icelandic website had published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of two women they were said to be socialising with – the country's self-isolation rules prohibited such a meeting.

As such, they have been left out by Southgate for the upcoming friendly with Wales and subsequent Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark, though the England manager did stress that from now on their call-up chances will be judged on form rather than past indiscretions.

But Manchester United's Maguire is back in the picture. The centre-back was dropped in August after initially being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts at bribery at a misdemeanours court in Greece.

However, Maguire's legal representatives lodged an appeal, meaning the court's initial verdict was nullified and a full retrial will now take place at a more senior court. The defender has since been back in action domestically for the Red Devils.

Greenwood's absence has provided an opportunity for in-form Everton striker Calvert-Lewin, who is enjoying a scintillating start to the 2020-21 season, scoring eight goals in five matches.

Included in that record is a pair of hat-tricks, scored in the 5-2 Premier League win over West Brom and Wednesday's 4-1 EFL Cup dismantling of West Ham.

There are also maiden call-ups for Arsenal talent Bukayo Saka and Leicester City's Harvey Barnes, while Jack Grealish is also named - the Aston Villa star was only included last month as a late replacement for Marcus Rashford.


England squad in full:

Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City); Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham); Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harvey Barnes (Leicester City), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Danny Ings (Southampton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Jordan Pickford has plenty to improve on but there is not a better English goalkeeper, says Everton great Neville Southall.

Pickford endured a difficult campaign for Everton last season, making four errors that led directly to goals – only Martin Dubravka had more with five – as Carlo Ancelotti's side finished 12th.

Despite the impressive form of Dean Henderson and Nick Pope, however, Pickford kept his spot in Gareth Southgate's England side for Nations League clashes with Iceland and Denmark in September.

Everton great Southall believes it was the right choice from Southgate and insists Pickford has come in for unfair criticism.

"I think it's quite simple. Is there a better English goalkeeper? No there's not, so he's got to be England's number one," Southall told Stats Perform News.

"I don't think there's any question about that. Who else are you going to play? No disrespect to the others, but they're not as good as him.

"Was he due a bad season? I suppose he was, but on the flip side I thought he probably cost Everton nine points, but probably saved them six, so he's three down.

"Three points down over a season, it's not bad really is it. When you look at it like that. For me, he was always going to get some stick.

"You can see, with people like Joe Hart and Rob Green, once you get in the England team it seems to be just a free-for-all where people batter you. Whatever you do is wrong. 

"I don't think Jordan has let England down at all, if Gareth is judging him on what he does for England. When has he had a bad game for England? If I was England manager, I'd be picking him because he'd not let me down."

Southall also feels Pickford has to set himself the target of becoming one of the world's best goalkeepers if he is to truly fulfil his potential. 

"If I was Ancelotti, I'd be sitting him down and pushing him to another height. See what he can improve on and get it done," Southall added.

"Where do you want to go? Do you want to be the best in the world or England's number one?

"If you want to be England's number one, I don't want you to be at the club really, I want you to be the world's number one. He's got to push his expectations.

"Maybe he should set himself to be the best in the world, not in England. Maybe you've got to set your sights differently. People might say that's stupid, but it doesn't stop ambition or having the drive to be the best.

"In fact, the drive to be the best will get himself out of a mini-slump. Without the ambition and the arrogance to think that you're going to be number one in the world, you're always going to stay at the same level."

Harry Kane confirmed he and some of his England team-mates reached out to Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood after the youngsters were banished from Gareth Southgate's squad.

Manchester City playmaker Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood were sent home after breaching coronavirus protocol, following their debuts during England's 1-0 Nations League win in Iceland on Saturday.

Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, are alleged to have been socialising with women at England's team hotel, actions that were in breach of Iceland's self-isolation regulations in response to COVID-19.

Without the talented youngsters, Southgate's men laboured to a 0-0 draw with Denmark in Copenhagen.

After the match, the England manager said further details had convinced him Foden and Greenwood were right to be jettisoned, irrespective of coronavirus considerations, but also spoke of a duty of care to players who needed to rebuild trust with their new international team-mates.

Addressing a news conference, Kane suggested that process was already underway.

"I text them both. I think it was important," the England captain said.

"They could have been in a lonely place and it's not easy taking criticism, especially when you're in the media and the fans' eye.

"We were in a situation where I didn't want them to feel alone. I know a couple of the other boys have text them as well to make sure they're doing okay.

"They know they've made a mistake and they'll learn from it. They are young boys coming into a big world. I know, for sure, it won't happen again."

Kane saw Mathias Jorgensen clear his goalbound shot off the line in stoppage time but was keen to take positives from a performance where Southgate sent his players out in a remodelled 3-4-3 formation, with debuts handed to Conor Coady, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

"It wasn't a bad performance but we could have done better," he said.

"We were trying a new system, getting used to that a bit as well. We created a couple of chances – I had one at the end just cleared off the line, which was a shame.

"If that had gone in, it would have been a good night's work.

"We're still in a strong position in the Nations League. We know we've got a lot to improve on but we can take some positives from what we've done."

England's next game in Group A2 comes against Belgium, who are top of the standings with two wins from two having thrashed Iceland 5-1 on Tuesday.

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood will have the support of Gareth Southgate, even though the England manager suggested the pair's breach of team discipline was more serious than first presumed.

Manchester City playmaker Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood were sent home from the England camp having broken coronavirus protocols, after making their debuts during Saturday's 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland.

The youngsters appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the women they were said to be socialising with at England's team hotel, a meeting forbidden under Iceland's strict self-isolation rules in response to COVID-19.

Southgate changed personnel and formation for Tuesday's 0-0 draw in Denmark, after which attention again turned to Foden and Greenwood.

The Football Association (FA) is investigating the incident and Southgate explained that what he has since learned of their actions means, irrespective of coronavirus rules, they would have been banished from his squad.

"I've spoken to both of them," he told Sky Sports. "They know what's happened is unacceptable and was unacceptable on a COVID basis but, as I've learned, was unacceptable on any basis. Either way, they would have gone home."

Nevertheless, Southgate insisted he feels a duty of care towards Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18.

"They're young men, the consequence is there. They now need support. They're everywhere in the press, everyone is wading in on them," he said.

"They need help to rebuild, understand the expectation of being an England player and we need to help them in that process. We must help young people get back on their feet."

The Three Lions boss did not rule out calling up the either player for October's internationals, but insisted there is work to be done.

"There's a lot of thinking and a lot of trust needs to be built first," he said. "My mindset it not to hurt these boys anymore.

"They're going through that with their families and their friends and I don’t need to add into that."

Southgate handed out four more debuts in Copenhagen – Conor Coady and Kalvin Phillips from the start before Jack Grealish and Ainsley Maitland-Niles featured as second-half substitutes.

Their collective presence was arguably the most notable feature in a game where England switched to a 3-4-3 setup and struggled to create many chances of note before Harry Kane had a shot cleared off the line in stoppage time.

"We've learned a lot," Southgate added. "We tried a new system, which we will get better at.

"Given everything we’ve had to deal with, 10 pull outs for various reasons… we felt we wanted to start with stability.

"We could have been a bit higher during the first half but we were in control.

"It wasn't a game where we were going to be able to press as high for 90 minutes That had a bearing on our formation as well

"In the second half we felt we were in control with some of the changes. Mason [Mount] and Jack made us a bit more forward thinking.

"Ainsley and Conor did well, I was happy with the lads who made their debuts."

England's switch to a 3-4-3 setup yielded scant rewards in a 0-0 Nations League draw against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Southgate's preparations for the match were thrown into flux when Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were banished from the squad for breaking coronavirus protocols in the aftermath of Saturday's 1-0 win over Iceland.

Conor Coady and Kalvin Phillips made their debuts but a solitary blocked shot was all England had to show for their forgettable first-half efforts, with Kasper Dolberg almost giving Denmark a deserved lead.

Harry Kane had a stoppage-time effort hacked off the line by Mathias Jorgensen when Kasper Schmeichel erred, but that near-outcome would have flattered England.

Southgate's tactical switch saw his side control significant chunks of possession early on, although the front three of Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and captain Kane were frequently isolated. 

Denmark went closest to the breakthrough before half-time - Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite flashing a 31st-minute shot past the post from the edge of the area before Dolberg brought a fine save from Jordan Pickford, Christian Eriksen having left former Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier in his wake.

Eriksen clumping a 65th-minute free-kick high into the stand behind Pickford was a less astute contribution to a contest that continued to plod.

England belatedly crafted a clear opening with a little over 20 minutes remaining, with Kane unable to convert Kieran Trippier's left-wing cross at the far post.

Kasper Schmeichel then saved unconvincingly from Sterling, with Mason Mount's introduction in place of Sancho having belatedly injected some playmaking impetus for the visitors.

Eriksen hacked over from 10 yards under timely pressure from Joe Gomez before Kane almost made it two last-gasp wins from two.

What does it mean: Southgate must ditch imbalanced plan B

Fingers will be pointed at England's formation after this tepid affair, but Southgate's squad is full of players used to switching systems frequently under some of the most innovative coaches in the game. The problem here was a lack of balance, with right-footed players deployed in the left of the back three, on the left flank and on that side of the forward trident.

Mount's introduction paid obvious dividends and should have come sooner, although Southgate does have the inconvenience of planning around Foden and Greenwood's indiscretions as mitigation when assessing a bad night at the office.

Eriksen shows his class

The experienced playmaker has a point to prove at Inter this season but frequently posed eloquent questions that seemed beyond England's midfield. His three shots were more than any other Denmark player.

Rice turns in stodgy showing

Southgate is committed to giving Rice a run of games as his midfield anchorman and it is time for the West Ham man to start repaying some of that faith. His pass completion rate was only 76.7 per cent, with debutant Phillips looking far more adept in a game both players did not need to start.

What's next?

Matchday three in Group A2 sees England host Belgium, with Denmark travelling to Iceland. Roberto Martinez's men have six points after dismantling Iceland 5-1.

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Wolves defender Conor Coady have been selected to make their England debuts in the Nations League clash against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Gareth Southgate's side got their campaign off to a winning start on Saturday, prevailing 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling's penalty amid a dramatic conclusion against Iceland.

England's preparations for their second Scandinavian encounter of the week were thrown into flux by Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood – who made their senior international debuts in Reykjavik – being sent home after breaking coronavirus quarantine restrictions at the team hotel.

Phillips and Coady's inclusions herald a return to the three centre-backs system – a setup Southgate deployed successfully on the way to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Coady will join Joe Gomez and Eric Dier in the back three, with Phillips anchoring the midfield alongside Declan Rice.

Trent Alexander-Arnold comes in at right wing-back, with Kyle Walker suspended due to a red card against Iceland, with Kieran Trippier on the left.

The weekend front three of Sterling, Jadon Sancho and skipper Harry Kane remains unchanged.

Denmark are aiming to avoid back-to-back home defeats after going down 2-0 to Belgium last time out.

Mason Greenwood has apologised to England manager Gareth Southgate for breaking coronavirus protocols in Iceland and vowed to learn from his mistakes.

Greenwood, 18, and Phil Foden, 20, were excluded from the Three Lions' squad after it emerged they had ignored coronavirus-prevention protocols in Iceland following England's 1-0 Nations League win on Saturday, when both men made their senior debuts.

The pair had to remain in Reykjavik as the rest of the squad travelled to Denmark after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of two Icelandic girls they were said to be socialising with.

The country's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings, with England only granted certain exemptions so they could play in Saturday's match.

Greenwood and Foden were unable to train with the squad on Monday as a result of the meeting and were ordered to stay behind in Reykjavik before travelling home separately.

The Football Association (FA) has launched a full investigation into the matter and, following a statement from Greenwood's club Manchester United in which his actions were condemned, the teenager has released a public apology of his own.

"Having now had the chance to reflect on what's happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused," Greenwood said in a statement posted to United's website.

"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."

Phil Foden accepts his behaviour did not meet the expectations required of him as an England player as he apologised for breaching coronavirus protocol rules.

The Manchester City attacking midfielder made his debut in England's 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland on Saturday but was dropped alongside Manchester United star Mason Greenwood for Tuesday's clash in Denmark after breaking rules put in place to ensure player safety.

The pair have had to remain behind in Reykjavik after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings and England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Foden and Greenwood were unable to train on Monday as a result and would not feature against Denmark.

Foden has made his first public statement since the incident was brought to light and vowed to learn from his error.

"Following the story which has emerged today regarding my actions in Iceland, I want to make a full apology," Foden posted on Twitter.

"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."

Both City and United released statements condemning the actions of their players, while the Football Association said it will fully investigate.

Southgate described their actions as "naive" but was non-committal about how the incident will impact on their involvement with England moving forward.

"I think [to make a call on] those things, it's too early until I have all the information. I don't think I should be making those comments," Southgate told the media on Monday.

"I'm a father to young adults. I know young people get things wrong, we're not excusing that. We've got to assess everything else moving forward."

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood will be investigated by the Football Association (FA) after the England duo breached coronavirus protocol while on international duty in Iceland.

Manchester City midfielder Foden, 20, and Manchester United striker Greenwood, 18, have been dropped for the Three Lions' Nations League encounter with Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

The pair have had to remain behind in Reykjavik - where they made their senior England debuts in Saturday's 1-0 win - after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings and England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Foden and Greenwood were unable to train on Monday as a result and would not feature against Denmark.

Southgate met the press shortly after the story first emerged and the FA has now published a statement promising to look further into the matter.

"Whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of our COVID-19 rules," an FA spokesperson said.

"While they did not leave the team hotel, it was an unacceptable breach of our protocol. They have both apologised for their serious lack of judgement.

"The FA will be launching a full investigation into the circumstances leading up to this breach. We have spoken to the Football Association of Iceland to offer our apologies for this incident and to assure them that we are taking the appropriate steps.

"We have also assured the Danish Football Union that all other players and staff members have been isolated within our group throughout this period.

"Our immediate priority now is preparing the team for the match against Denmark tomorrow."

Both City and United released statements expressing their disappointment at the actions of their players, while Southgate said he expected to speak with Foden and Greenwood after his news conference.

"Obviously they have been naive," Southgate said. "We've dealt with it appropriately.

"I recognise their age but of course the whole word is dealing with this pandemic and there's responsibility on every age group to make sure that they play their part in keeping each other safe and not spreading the virus.

"We're certainly not underestimating how important it's been to try and keep that bubble as we have."

Manchester United and Manchester City have expressed their disappointment in Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden respectively after the duo were dropped from England's squad for breaching coronavirus isolation rules.

The youngsters appeared to be shown in a video posted on Snapchat by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with in Reykjavik, shortly after making their respective debuts in the 1-0 Nations League victory over Iceland on Saturday.

Such meetings are forbidden as part of Iceland's self-isolation rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with England granted special exemptions for the match in Reykjavik. 

Icelandic media suggested England players had been exempt from a five-day quarantine but were subject to mandatory coronavirus tests at the border and were not allowed to meet with anyone outside of the squad or travelling contingent.

Manager Gareth Southgate later confirmed the pair will return to England separately and not take part in Tuesday's contest against Denmark in Copenhagen.

A statement from Manchester United read: "Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation."

Stats Perform News understands the club believe Greenwood will not have to quarantine upon his return as the United Kingdom has no travel restrictions with Iceland, although a decision on when he can resume training is expected to be made in due course.

Manchester City added on Foden: "It is clear that Phil's actions were totally inappropriate. 

"His behaviour not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to COVID-19, but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international.

"The club supports the FA regarding this incident, and officials from the club are now in touch in relation to Phil's enforced early return to the UK.

"We have no further comment to make on this matter."

Southgate addressed the media on Monday and was keen to stress nobody from outside England's bubble had entered the area of the facilities that the team have been using, and that no one else within the party had come into contact with Greenwood or Foden.

When asked whether the breach would impact the duo's involvement with England moving forward, Southgate said: "I think [to make a call on] those things, it's too early until I have all the information. I don't think I should be making those comments.

"I'm a father to young adults. I know young people get things wrong, we're not excusing that. We've got to assess everything else moving forward."

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been dropped by England and face disciplinary action after breaching coronavirus isolation rules following Saturday's win over Iceland, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

The youngsters, who made their England debuts in the 1-0 Nations League victory, appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant such a meeting was forbidden, with England granted special exemptions only for the match in Reykjavik.

According to Icelandic media, England players were subject to mandatory coronavirus tests at the border and, although they had been exempt from a five-day quarantine, they were not allowed to meet with anyone outside of the squad.

Southgate confirmed the players would be sent home, ruling them out of Tuesday's match with Denmark.

"Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the COVID guidelines in terms of our secure bubble – we had to decide they couldn't have interaction with the rest of the team," he said. 

"They'll have to travel back to England separately."

The two players were accused of having people in their hotel rooms, though Southgate is adamant no one from outside of England's bubble entered the parts of the facility that squad use.

"Nothing has happened in the areas that we occupy in the hotel," he said.

"We're still getting to the depths of all the information as this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training and we've had to train. We are still getting to grips with some of the details.

"What is clear is there was a breach of the COVID guidelines. We spent a long time getting those measures in place. The whole squad have followed that to the letter.

"We've had four tests since we've been together. In that respect, we had no alternative but to do what we're doing."

Gareth Southgate hailed match-winner Raheem Sterling for standing tall amid a "mixed bag" of an England performance in Iceland.

With Harry Kane off the field, Sterling won and converted a 91st-minute penalty to secure a 1-0 Nations League victory in Reykjavik but there was a further twist in the tale.

Joe Gomez fouled substitute Holmbert Fridjonsson under a long ball in the England box, giving Iceland a chance to level deeper into stoppage time, only for Birkir Bjarnason to blaze wildly off target.

Both sides were down to 10 men by that point, with Kyle Walker and Sverrir Ingason having seen red.

While Ingason's second booking came when he handled Sterling's goal-bound shot in the decisive moment of the match, Walker departed 20 minutes from time for a rash tackle on Arnor Ingvi Traustason when he was already on a yellow card.

"The sending off is a key moment because I felt we were in even more control in the second half," Southgate told Sky Sports when giving an honest assessment of England's ultimately successful bid for a measure of revenge against the nation who humiliatingly knocked them out of Euro 2016.

"It's very difficult to win games of football at any level if you're down to 10 men. That's a lesson we have to learn, it was an unnecessary red card.

"Then the response was great, we managed to stay in good possession of the ball, looked a threat.

"We get the penalty and I thought Raheem's desire through that period and drive was outstanding. It was great that he took that penalty under pressure.

"And then another lesson we have to learn because to invite the ball as we did and defend it the way that we did was really poor play. In the end we get away with it.

"It kind of sums the week up. We've had so many challenges, it's been so difficult to piece everything together."

Walker did not feature for England last season and, in a frank interview with Sky after the game, he conceded he had done his long-term international future no favours following an incident for which he took full responsibility.

"He said the same in the dressing room," Southgate said. "He realises, as an experienced player, those sort of challenges invite the opportunity for the referee to make a decision and it was the right decision.

"I've no complaints in terms of the officials on the penalties or the red cards.

"We've talked a lot over the years about discipline. In tournaments especially, if you go down to 10 men, then the number of times we've gone out of tournaments because of that has proved critical.

"It's not something we want to see again."

Walker will be suspended when England continue their Nations League Group A3 campaign in Denmark on Tuesday.

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