“Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the team hotel,” Southgate said, per Sky Sports. “We are still getting to the depths of all the information because it was only brought to my attention only a couple of hours before training. I am still getting to grips with some of the detail. What is clear is that there was a breach of the coronavirus guidelines. We spent such a long time getting those measures in place; the whole squad followed that together.”
Foden issued an apology later Monday on Twitter.
“On this occasion I made a poor decision and my behaviour didn’t meet the standards expected of me,” he wrote. “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.”
Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, made their international debuts in Saturday’s match. Manchester City, Foden’s professional team, called his actions “totally inappropriate” in a statement. Manchester United, Greenwood’s club team, said it was “disappointed” in him and will wait to see whether he must enter a 14-day quarantine period. United opens its Premier League season Sept. 19 against Crystal Palace, and City faces Wolves on Sept. 21.
“They have been naive, and we have dealt with it appropriately,” Southgate said. “I recognize their age, but of course the whole world is dealing with this pandemic and there is a responsibility on all ages that they do their part. We are not underestimating how important it is we keep the bubble the way we have.”
Iceland’s pandemic travel rules mandate that visitors to the island nation get tested for the novel coronavirus upon arrival, quarantine for five days and then get tested again. England’s national team received an exemption from these rules, but it was prohibited from interacting with anyone outside its secure bubble — even family members — except during the game itself.