Mason Greenwood apologises and promises to learn lesson after Covid breach

An apologetic Mason Greenwood insists he has learned a lesson after a breach of coronavirus regulations resulted in him being sent home from England duty.

The 18-year-old Manchester United striker and Manchester City's Phil Foden, 20, were both removed from Gareth Southgate's squad ahead of the Nations League match against Denmark after allegations emerged in the Icelandic media that the pair had spent time with two girls during the trip to Reykjavik, where both players made their senior debuts in a 1-0 win over the hosts on Saturday.

Southgate said it was a "very serious" breach of their bio-bubble in Copenhagen and the Football Association has launched a full investigation.

"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.

"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.

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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates with Mason Greenwood of England after scoring his sides first goal from the penalty spot 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Jordan Pickford of England celebrates victory with Eric Dier 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Victor Palsson of Iceland shakes hands with Gareth Southgate, Manager of England after 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: England fans watch the game from outside the stadium 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Harry Kane of England is challenged by Kari Arnason of Iceland 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Kyle Walker of England walks off after being sent off 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Raheem Sterling of England scores his sides first goal from the penalty spot 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates with his team mates after scoring his sides first goal from the penalty spot 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)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Raheem Sterling of England is fouled by Sverrir Ingi Ingason of Iceland and a penalty is awarded 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)
England's midfielder Eric Dier (R) and his team-mates celebrate after England's forward Raheem Sterling (hidden) scored from the penalty spot during the UEFA Nations League football match between Iceland v England on September 5, 2020 in Reykjavik. (Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP) (Photo by HARALDUR GUDJONSSON/AFP via Getty Images)
England's forward Harry Kane (C) and Iceland's midfielder Victor Palsson (R) vie for the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Iceland v England on September 5, 2020 in Reykjavik. (Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP) (Photo by HARALDUR GUDJONSSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson (R) dives for the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Iceland v England on September 5, 2020 in Reykjavik. (Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP) (Photo by HARALDUR GUDJONSSON/AFP via Getty Images)
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Players of both teams line up on the pitch prior to 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)
Iceland's players line up prior to the UEFA Nations League football match between Iceland v England on September 5, 2020 in Reykjavik. (Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP) (Photo by HARALDUR GUDJONSSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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"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."

On Monday United released a statement saying: "We are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation."

Foden also apologised on Monday, with Manchester City describing his actions as "totally inappropriate".

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